MARLA: Were there any specific mentors or important teachers in your life or in the community -- in your community health aide work?
ELSIE: The workshops.
MARLA: The workshops?
ELSIE: Yeah. The first basic training, I think it was really good instruction and understanding. Like the EMTs and the doctors, we get a lot of help from doctors who we call, was on call.
MARLA: Where, in Tanana or in Fairbanks?
ELSIE: Fairbanks. And he could ask to do that or do this.
MARLA: Is there anyone specific you can think of, any names of people that you sort of looked up to or --
ELSIE: I -- I just look up to Dr. Springer. That he was there to help.
MARLA: Where was he?
ELSIE: At Fairbanks.
MARLA: And did you ever have to go out of Alaska for training?
ELSIE: No. I went to Anchorage and Sitka, that's all.
MARLA: Yeah. Far enough.
ELSIE: No other places. Yeah.
MARLA: How does being a health aide affect your life in the village?
ELSIE: I guess I'm there all the time and it is like I work with a kid one time. And I always like to be alert for emergencies a lot. Even though it wouldn't happen, but that's just the way I feel like since I've been there so long.
And so it kind of -- it started affecting me like I kind of got sick and landed in the hospital. Right while I was working. And I know that's from my job. And I didn't take care of myself. And I didn't treat myself first. You know, I learned, you know, I'm busy all the time and I didn't learn how to take care of myself first before all the emergencies then. It took too much.
MARLA: You gave too much?
ELSIE: Gave too much.