Tuesday, November 21, 2017

November

We had a great season kickoff
in October with great support
from our local medical community.
Often there aren't enough providers
from our wonderful group and we
turn to the local providers to help
fill in the gap. We began this many
years ago and it has proven very
successful on so many fronts which
include how we maintain our permit
from the State board of health to
allow foreign doctors to practice
medicine in Baja California Sur.
We are so thankful for this support
from the State government and hope
to continue such for many years to
follow. I was asked to inform our
local dental providers from La Paz
that we had plenty of providers this
month so their services would not
be needed. I sent a text message to
those providers as such and they
found other things to do. We were
asked to give 30 dental and 30
hygiene numbers out which I
reduced by 5 each for the fog. 
Also as many other numbers as 
needed for other providers. This
is the season for fog and mother
nature did not disappoint so our
planes could not arrive until late
morning. That never deters the 
giving heart and souls of folks who
travel so many hours at such great
cost to bring such loving care to a
community so in need of great health
care. While we were waiting for the
fog to lift we gave out 22 gen med,
5 ped, 3 obgyn, 22 eye, 16 glasses,
20 chiro, along with the 25 dental
and 25 hygiene numbers. We were
blessed to have providers arrive on
Friday so triage began early and we
began seeing eye patients long 
before the fog lifted. All of this resulted
in 25 folks seen by general medicine
and 6 children attended to along with
4 OBgyn patients on the medical front.
26 folks were helped with eye needs as
well as another 38 folks were given
reading glasses. Our steady hands in
the chiropractic building took care 
of the needs of 45 folks while our 
dental crew were able to see to the 
needs of 13 of the 25 numbers we
gave out and 14 of the 25 hygiene
numbers we gave out. All in all the
November clinic was a great success
seeing 171 folks plus 55 medicine 
fills from our pharmacy. That brings
us to the magic number of 226 consults
completed which is pretty darn good
for a day that only had 5 hours on the
ground due to fog.

WAY TO GO SAMS and AEROMEDICOS!  

Sunday, October 22, 2017

New season New Beginnings

October 2017 saw 10 aircraft landing in Lopez Mateos
filled with enthusiastic angels of humanitarian help.
With both our Flying Samaritans and Aeromedicos
staff we had a very busy day. Prior to the first plane's
arrival we had both a local ambulance operator and
a Mexican Army paramedic beginning triage in order to
speed the process once planes arrived. This was followed by
our local Mexico Red Cross folks helping with triage before
heading off to classes provide by us to further educate them
as first responders.

We also had a dentist from La Paz and a hygienist from
Constitucion seeing folks before everybody arrived from
Mulege.

This resulted in 22 patients seen by our dental folks and 17
more who walked away with brighter smiles. Of course all
of that kept those who labor to sterilize all those instruments
on their toes. Our optometrist from Constitucion also arrived
early getting a head start on seeing eye patients.
Between him and our staff 30 folks were helped with various
vision needs not including the 42 pair of reading glasses that
folks were helped with.
Our medical providers took care of the needs of 30 adults and
13 children. 70 folks were helped by our chiropractors and
another 15 had physical therapy sessions. This brings the first
clinic of the season to a close with 239 folks seen in Lopez
Mateos and another 65 who left with all the needed
medications from our pharmacy totaling to 304 completed
actions for October 2017.

Newsflash Nov 1st: I was informed that our crew who went
to LSI had a very successful clinic as well attending to
18 general medicine, 14 dental and 8 dental cleanings.
That's an additional 40 folks seen for November bringing
our total to 344 folks attended to in November.
WAY TO GO TEAM! 

That's a great start to a new season.
See all of you in November

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

July

Often July brings less providers as well
as patients. I've never understood why
but don't argue with historic observation.
As a result our providers were a little short
in that we had nobody from dental and a
far fewer number of other providers. But
that has  never stopped such huge hearts
as the Flying Samaritans from giving their
all in order to help those in need. We were
able to provide one local dentist and one
local hygienist which ended leaving 9 dental
and 8 cleaning patients better than when they
arrived. Our eye department was able to help
25 folks with various need of eye care and we
helped another 10 folks with reading glasses.
Our chiropractor was kept busy throughout
the day attending to the needs of 40 folks.
The medical front saw to the needs of 28 adults
as well as 12 children.  

If my tears don't block the math this leaves a
total of 132 folks helped during July clinic. Then
we add pharmacy fills of 72 bringing the total
clinic numbers for July to 204.
See you all the next season

Monday, June 26, 2017

No June Gloom

There was certainly no June Gloom in
our June clinic of the Sams/Aeromedicos.
A bit short of providers was the concensious
Friday evening. But as Saturday arrived we
had some nice surprises with an MD from
Aeromedicos as well as our dentist from
La Paz with his lovely wife to assist. It has 
been a while since having an eye doc at
clinic and those number went really fast.
Taking care of 25 eye patients Laurie was
the last one done. Imagine the surprise of
our hygiene not being the last to finish after
21 cleanings. With two dentists moving like
lightning they drilled down the needs of 22 dental patients. OBgyn saw to the needs of
11 ladies and our MD from Santa Barbara
helped 13 folks with their various needs.
9 children were seen by our pediatric 
provider to round out the medical front.
We were blessed with audiology who helped
14 folks hear better with hearing aids. 
Our magicians with their hands in the
chiropractic department took care of
87 folks including myself. I am told that
14 medical patients were helped in LSI this
month which rounds out to 216 patients seen
by our providers. Then there were 92 fills
of medication for a total day of 308 actions
completed. WAY TO GO GROUP!

Looking forward to seeing everybody in 
July.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

May

While we didn't have April
showers the May clinic came
up roses. A little wait to launch
out of Mulege due to marine
layer didn't stop the Sams from
having a great May clinic. Even
though we didn't have OBgyn our
two medical providers were able to
help 32 family medicine patients as
well as 10 children. Our chiropractors
helped 90 folks walk straighter with
less discomfort on the medical front.
Without an optometrist we were still
able to help 43 folks leave with new
reading glasses. 6 children were given
teeth sealant while 17 folks were able
to leave with cleaner, brighter smiles.
Our dentists rocked in helping 26 folks
with their dental needs. So if I can still
add after such a fast paced day that
comes to 224 folks helped with the 
needs they came for. Once we add in
the pharmacy fills of 70 that brings
the May total to 294 folks helped.
Way to go SAMS! Looking forward
to June. 

Monday, April 24, 2017

April Showers? Well, no. Marine Layer!

While we didn't have April Showers
we did have a VERY heavy marine
overcast which delayed our April
clinic start until well after 10:00.
Which is rather normal this time
of the year. What is not normal
is turning on the air compressor
just before plane arrival to find it
burned out. Oh My! Fortunately
we have a spare stored in town.
A call to the cannery for a truck
and some strong backs quickly 
got the new compressor in place
and final connections were being
made just as our tireless president
poked his head in the compressor
room. So with a new compressor
up and running and a dentist from
La Paz to add to our dentist from
Arizona we had 16 folks leave
with repaired teeth together with
19 patients walk away with brighter
smiles. Our general medicine providers
took care of 20 patients needs and
10 children were seen by pediatric.
OBgyn rounded out the medical front
with another 3 and our chiropractors
helped 83 folks leave with less pain.
While we didn't have an eye doc 29
folks were helped with new reading
glasses which seems to total  180
folks before adding in the 82 meds
filled for a total count of 262 folks
helped this month. Not bad when we
consider that we moved the clinic
date one week due to Easter holidays.
Way to go Sams!
 

Sunday, April 9, 2017

March Madness

While it's been a difficult
Winter with weather which
ended in cancellation of our
January and February clinic
March finally became the
thriving clinic we have become
accustomed to. This post is
a bit late since we had to make
a fast run North the morning
after clinic for medical reasons.
However, March ended the dry
spell with 32 general med folks
helped and 15 children seen
together with 85 chiropractic
patients taken care of and 9
ladies seen by OBgyn on the
medical front.  With help from
our Aeromedico friends 21 folks
had their teeth repaired together
with another 21 folks walking
away with brighter, cleaner smiles.
We didn't have optometry but were
able to help 48 folks with new reading
glasses. 

That is 228 patients helped before
adding in 79 medications filled by our
outstanding pharmacy for a grand total
of 307 completed consultations in March.
Way to go everybody! We also had a clinic
in Laguna San Ignacio which I am told was
a great turn out although I have no numbers
for that. See you all after Easter!