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Friday, May 8, 1998 The CATALINA ISLANDER Page 9 On April 2, three locals, Karla Parsons, RN Jeanette De La Rosa, C.N.A. and Karla's daugh- ter Jennifer Leonhardi, who is also bilingual went to the Tala- munca Indian rain forest region of Costa Rica to be part of a medical team with a Rotary International project. The Talamuncans have six tribes who primarily use their own indigenous dialect spoken nowhere else in the world. Their second language is Spanish. They are the pure Costa Ricans who have been isolated from main stream society and are the sur- vivors of the early settlements by Spanish Conquistadors. The three local volunteers were part of a 13-person Rotary International team from Paradise, Calif. This chapter has been pro- viding free voluntary medical care for the past five years by asking medical professionals to donate their time and purchase their own airfare to participate. This was the Rotary's last planned visit because the Department of Min- istry of Health has now built a clinic and has retained a Costa Rican physician to provide more accessible care. Besides Karla, two other providers also went; one being family practice physi- cian from Modesto and a family nurse practitioner from Sacramen- to. The three saw over 400 patients while at the village of Shiroles. A one day trip up to an even more remote village of Local volunteers Karla Parsons, Jeanettb De LaRosa and Jennifer Leonhardi Sibahu was taken by a splinter made in her travels. She is crew of the.'Spanish-speaking employed at Avalon Municipal Sacramento nurse practitioner and Hospital and USC's Department a team of three, of Nursing as an Associate Clini- Karla began the trips in 1996, cal Instructor. this being her third. A graduate Jeanette De La Rosa, a certi- nursing student at USC, she is lied nursing assistant at Avalon studying for her Family Nurse Municipal Hospital and also a Practitioner's Certificate and will pre-nursing student at Long graduate on May 8, while also Beach City College, used her lan- receiving a Master's degree in guage and hands on skills to care nursing science. She was able to for the Indians. She assisted Karla see patients and provide primary for in-depth translation and assist- care, which included wound clo- ed elsewhere as needed. She has sure from machete accidents, and plans on obtaining her nursing at the same time provide intra- degree and traveling to Latin venous rehydration and antibiotic America more in the future. therapy. Many of her patients Jennifer Leonhardi used her have tropical diseases such as language skills and worked at intestinal parasites, fungal dis- triage entering data into a laptop eases and malaria, so that the information could be She was also able to visit put on diskettes for the Depart- Costa Rican friends that she has ment of Ministry. She quickly learned medical terminology and how to use the program. She graduates May 15 with her Asso- by DEPUTY ANDY ZAHORECZ away from windows and mirrors, Avalon Sheriff's Station and get under a desk or table if possible. April was Earthquake Pre- After the earthquake is over paredness month and this is a check your family and neighbors good time to turn our attention to for injuries. Do not attempt to preparing for that occurrence, move the Seriously injured unless Lately there has been a lot of they are in immediate danger of activity around the Pacific rim. further injury. Also, check for China, Japan, Mexico and South fires and fire hazards such as hiss- America have all experienced ing gas lines and sparking wires. some pretty big shakers. There Be sure to wear shoes as glass and has even been a little activity in other objects will certainly be lit- California. tered everywhere. Also, be pre- Before an earthquake happens pared for aftershocks. there are things that should be Emergency water can be done. obtained from your water heater. Secure the water heater andDo not drink from containers that other gas appliances to prevent were open during the shaking. them from moving. Also, useGlass and other debris can be in flexible gas lines if possible, it, so strain that water with a Place large and heavy objects near handkerchief or other fine mesh the bottoms of shelves, and wher- cloth if it is necessary to drink it. ever possible, secure furniture If the telephones are still work- such as tall book shelves to the ing, avoid using it for other than wall. emergency messages to keep lines Preparing your family through clear for others in crisis. A fast occasional meetings is a valuable message to notify someone that family project. Earthquakes can you are all right is fine, but fur- occur any time and we neverther conversation should be know who may or may not be avoided. home when it does. Also, do not go sightseeing in Your children should know heavily damaged areas as crowds how to find and turn off gas, elec- can get in the way of emergency tric and water lines in your home. operations. They should also have a safe During this month consider a place to go such as a nearby neighborhood watch meeting to neighbor until you can return, address earthquakes and better Basic first aid is also a good topic prepare your neighbors and you during those meetings, as aid may for them. be greatly delayed after a big Please call the Avalon Sheriff event. Station at 510-0174 for more During a quake, watch for information regarding earthquake falling objects such as plaster, preparedness or arranging a bricks and light fixtures. Stay neighborhood watch meeting. I I Bo White, left, and David Coulter, Bank of America CEO. Avalon High School senior the science and mathematics Justin "Bo" White received a category at the April 28 event, $1,500 cash award from Bank which marked the 50th anni- America Chairman and Chief versary of the bank's annual Executive Officer David Coul- Achievement Awards program. ter at Bank of America's 1998 Since the program's inception Achievement Awards regional in 1948, the bank has awarded ~inal competition, more than $8 million to Cali- White took second place in fornia high school'seniors. Catalina Flying Boats AIR FREIGHT SERVICE BETWEEN AVALON AND LONG BEACH AIRPORT on obtaining her Masters degree and become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker from the Southern Oregon State University in Ash- land, where she will attend this fall. One of the highlights was a presentation by the Costa Rican Rotary Club, which applauded the volunteers and awarded the Par- adise Rotary for the group's work over the past five years to bring quality care to their isolated peo- ple. 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