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Five planes made the November trip, four from Santa Barbara, and one from Mulege. Friday the weather was good with tailwinds until just south of San Felipe. The return on Sunday was made in clear skies with favorable winds. The trip times for down and back were possibly a new round trip record.

November’s medical clinic was a success, with Drs. Eric McFarland and David Dodson seeing patients with the translation help of David Pecorari and Cheri King.  Sarah Roberts did triage while the lab work and vital signs were efficiently run by C.J. Boyer  and Haley Barrigar.  Myra Howard Cochran ran the pharmacy with the help of Natalie Powell and dispensed meds to account for the fact that we would not be going in December. There is a conflict with the local custom of the celebration of the Virgen of Guadalupe, which starts the Christmas holiday.

Drs. John Grube and Paul Perez were assisted by Larry Cochran and Karyn Yule.  Hygienist Liz Bracken cleaned teeth.  A new compressor that was purchased for the dental side malfunctioned from the start and the dental side was hampered by low air pressure, which limited the number of fillings that could be done.  Some cleanings and fillings were performed along with extractions, but the number of patients was far below our usual. We will be expecting a big turnout in January on the dental side.

Dr. Eric McFarland, who has served on the board of Aeromédicos for most of the time we have been going to Cadeje, is taking a position of interest and importance in Australia for at least two years. This could be one of his last trips.  However, with the frequent travels of Dr. McFarland, I would not be surprised to have him on one of our future trips.  We wish him well and will miss his insight, expertise and adventurous spirit.

Pilots: Frank Heintz, John Grube, Larry Cochran, Terry Rahe, John Goerke, Elwood Shapansky
MDs: David Dodson   Eric McFarland      FNP: Myra Howard       RN: Haley Barrigar        EMT: C.J.Boyer
Dentists: John Grube, Paul Perez       Dental Hygienist: Liz Bracken
Dental Assistants: Larry Cochran, Karyn Yule         Translators: David Pecorari, Cheri King
Helpers: Natalie Shapansky Powell, Sarah Roberts

December’s trip was canceled, due to conflict with a local celebration.

At the home of Irwin and Michele Green .   850 Veronica Springs Rd.  
 Santa Barbara, CA. 93105     
Bring a dish to share, starts at 6:30.   Off Modoc  road between Le Cumbre and Las Positas

Sign up for the January trip at the potluck, or call  Karyn Yule   805 452- 5981.

P.O. Box 538
Goleta  CA 93116

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