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The rain that missed southern California made the Mulege strip so muddy that the Mulege planes had to land at Palo Verde, a paved strip north of Mulege, and be  driven in to town. Two planes stayed on the Cadeje side where the strip was in good shape. Friday was a quick trip down the peninsula, with tailwinds helping; Sunday’s return a little slow, with some headwinds.

February’s medical clinic had some complicated cases that required more individual time. Dr. Eric McFarland, with the assistance of Cheri King, saw each patient, looking after their needs, providing patient education and prescribing medication for the many different diagnoses. CJ Boyer and Nancy Cook, RN, did vitals and tests as needed. Susan Grube did triage. The pharmacy was efficient under the direction of Patsi Hodges, with the help of Wendy McFarland. Felicity Hoffman did physical therapy and chiropractic procedures where needed. It was a good day for both patients and volunteers.

The dental clinic had a full day, with Angela V. cleaning teeth, a much appreciated service. Dr. Stu Mac Pherson, and chairside ambassador Roni, did root canals and many fillings. Dr. John Grube, with Larry Cochran as chairside, did fillings, extractions, and delivered one denture. Marilyn Zellet kept the patients moving with triage and Karyn Yule sterilized instruments.

Joanne Klein, wife of our beloved friend and dentist Dick Klein, passed away in their home state of Washington, after a 3 month battle with kidney cancer. The Kleins have seven children, numerous grand children and many, many friends.  All the best to the family from everyone in Aeromédicos.

Pilots: Larry Cochran, John Grube, Frank Heinz, Rick Spann, Jim Gaskin , Roni MacPherson, Collin Elstner
MD: Eric McFarland      RN: Nancy Cook   Pharmacy: Patsy Hodges, Wendy McFarland   EMT : CJ Boyer    Translators:  Susan Grube, Marilyn Zellet, Cheri King     Dentists:  John Grube,  Stu MacPherson  
Dental Assistants: Larry Cochran, Roni MacPherson      Dental Hygiene: Angela Vandenbrulle
Chiropractic: Felicity Hoffman         Helper: Karyn Yule

March volunteers,  call Karyn at 805  895-6750.   The trip will be Mar. 9, or Mar. 8 for whale watchers.

Potluck: Wednesday, Feb 29,  at 6:30 p.m.,  at the home John and Amy Goerke   s

P.O. Box 538
Goleta  CA 93116

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