January 2016 Trip Report
FROM OUR PRESIDENT
Normally I start with clinic news, but let me complete an item from December’s trip. During clinic weekend it was Don Johnson’s birthday (no, not Miami Vice Don Johnson, but Don Johnson, owner of Hotel Serenidad). He and his staff have done much over the years to make our clinic weekends better and easier to plan. At age 90, Don’s enthusiasm for Serenidad and engagement in guest relations is just amazing. Mr. Johnson offers us the following thank you -
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE CARDS THAT YOU ALL LEFT ON MY BIRTHDAY, IT MEANS A LOT TO ME,
FOR ALL THE YEARS THAT YOU HAVE BEEN MY FRIENDS,
AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR LOYALTY TO THIS HOTEL.
BEST WISHES AND GOOD HEALTH AND HAPPYNESS TO ALL OF YOU.
SEE YOU SOON
After writing many of these reports over the last few years, I’m at a bit of a loss to find something unique or attention grabbing about January’s clinic. I suppose you could call it a normal clinic, if there is such a thing, but when Saturday’s work was completed I left with a feeling that it was somehow exceptional. Thanks to some much appreciated help from the Aeromedicos, we had most of the bases covered as far as providers and support. Just having that full slate of providers may have contributed to the feeling of specialness, because that outcome was far from certain a week before the clinic. Maybe it was about what usually happens; everyone just pitches in and does what’s required and this clinic included exceptionally good integration of the Aeromedicos with our providers.
Then there was the women who was transported to the clinic by ambulance. She was not in need of emergency treatment, so I’m not certain how this transportation was arranged. This 35 year old had been in a serious car accident that broke her spine and caused serious damage to her lower abdominal organs. She was paralyzed from the waist down, but had regained some feeling in one foot. After some conversation, it was determined that she was looking for someone to talk to, a second opinion. We had no spinal specialist, but the general medical nurse practitioner from the Aeromedicos and some others talked with her and reported that they were at least able to give her some hope. The lesson may be just having contact with these special needs patients, whether or not we are able to treat them, still provides benefit.
We did plan a clinic for both Lopez Mateos and Laguna San Ignacio (LSI), but canceled LSI because we didn’t have enough dental support to cover both clinics. We made the judgment to keep Lopez and cancel LSI because of the different nature of the two clinics. Lopez Mateos draws from a very wide area and consistence is relatively more important to patient turn out. LSI draws from a smaller area, so communication regarding changes, cancelations or the addition of clinics is easier. That doesn’t mean that we shortchange LSI, just that we can better adjust our planned every other month schedule to match available providers. Last clinic season we got off to a slow start at LSI, but got ‘caught up’ later in the year because added several clinics in those unplanned months.
Next month’s clinic will be February 19-21 and we plan clinics for both Lopez Mateos and LSI. I hope to see you there. Also it’s important to let your coordinator know as soon as possible that you plan to come on the trip. It will be whale season, so getting extra hotel rooms on short notice will be more difficult.