Elsie Bergman

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MARLA:  Did you live near the clinic? 

ELSIE:  Uh-hum (affirmative).  It was more down by the river, which walk to the clinic and walk home.  But like this is pretty far.  Now I'm right. 

MARLA:  Yeah. 

ELSIE:  Since the flood they moved us back here, I'm on the hill, and way down we have to go to.  I always think that patients wouldn't make it if -- it's so long. 

MARLA:  Yeah. 

ELSIE:  But I would make it.  (Indiscernible.) 

MARLA:  When did you retire? 

ELSIE:  October of 2004.

MARLA:  Wow.  So longer than 20 years, then.

ELSIE:  Uh-hum (affirmative).  Over 30. 

MARLA:  Wow. 

ELSIE:  Uh-hum (affirmative). 

MARLA:  What -- what have you learned through the years from your experiences as being a health aide? 

ELSIE:  I learned helping one another and working all the time.  It was like we had to work all day.

MARLA:  Every day? 

ELSIE:  Every day. 

MARLA:  And did you do a lot of that alone or did you work with Bertha? 

ELSIE:  I worked with Bertha.  She helped me, you know, if we had patients and got three and we each had to help each others.  And other people was there, too.  And it works out. 

MARLA:  Yeah. 

ELSIE:  Uh-hum (affirmative). 

MARLA:  And then when Bertha went to Fairbanks, who did you work with?  Or did you just -- were you the main health aide? 

ELSIE:  I was the main health aide. 

MARLA:  And was that much harder? 

ELSIE:  Uh-hum (affirmative).  Not much.  I was just used to it, so. 

MARLA:  Yeah. 

ELSIE:  And I called doctor.  Call the doctor and do what you are supposed to do. 

And I used to give shots for strep (indiscernible).  And not long ago my husband told me, long ago you gave me shot for strep.  Well, he had pneumonia and I had to give him 10 shots, and he said -- he said it really hurt.  And I gave him shot -- for what I gave him shot.  I forgot now. 

Remember when we used to give me shot?  And I go, well, yeah, I was just practicing then.  He really mad.  That was in 19 -- that was about 1970. 

MARLA:  You were practicing on him? 

ELSIE:  No.  No.  I was just -- I was teasing. 

MARLA:  Oh. 

ELSIE:  Because he said the shot I was giving him really hurt, and he finally told me.  And I didn't know what to tell him, so I tell him, oh, I was practicing on you. 

MARLA:  That's funny. 

ELSIE:  Oh, I really laughed and couldn't stop laughing.  That was part he asked me anyway. 

MARLA:  That's funny.