Bertha Moses

Bertha Moses,
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MARLA:  And how long were those training sessions? 

BERTHA:  Two or three weeks away from home, from our little children. 
I think our family sacrificed a lot, too, when you were voluntary health aide because of when -- that's not very much -- that's not very -- enough training, two weeks or three weeks, but when we come home, we still continue to train.  Reading or talking with the doctor or checking patients.  Being here with the doctor, dentist, or nurse, travelling nurse, RN, and that's how we get our training, too. 

MARLA:  And how often did the doctor come to the village? 

BERTHA:  About once a year at that time. 

MARLA:  Oh. 

BERTHA:  And the Public Health nurse used to come once a year, then two times a year after -- yeah. 

MARLA:  And who were some of the doctors or the nurses that you remember? 

BERTHA:  I remember Dr. James Elterman, Brown, Dr. Jones, Dr. Dennis, Dr. -- I forget his name I guess.  Dr. Britton.  And there was one doctor, but I forgot his name.  It was Dr. N.  I just remembered but I couldn't -- I forgot it then. 

MARLA:  And did you get along with all of them? 

BERTHA:  Yes.  Except the only ones I argued about was Dr. Dennis.  But I wasn't supposed to do that, but he forgive me after a while.  After he come -- after he come and work one session with me at home, then we got along better.  It was just one time I disagree with him.  Usually I disagree with anybody, I don't say anything, because I'm not a doctor and they are the doctor. 

We had -- I think all the health aides had good -- good attitude to the doctors, to anybody, because we hear each other talking all the time when they make the round robin. 

MARLA:  And what do you mean by a round robin? 

BERTHA:  They started from A to Z in the villages, Allakaket, Arctic Village, then --

MARLA:  When they were calling on the radio? 

BERTHA:  And then they would call every village.  Yeah.