Elsie Bergman

Elsie Bergman, Transcript Section 10

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MARLA:  And just wondering if there was anything else you wanted to say for the record about being a health -- a community health aide. 

ELSIE:  I would encourage other ladies to try, and if they get used to it, it would be easier. 

MARLA:  How long has the current health aide been doing the work here? 

ELSIE:  About over 10 years.  15 years. 

MARLA:  Does it get easier as it -- as the more years you been working the program? 

ELSIE:  Uh-hum.  Yeah.  It did because we keep having training and workshops and get to know other stuff.  And then we keep up like that. 

MARLA:  And then do you learn from each other? 

I know during the time when there was the radio, when there was the one-way radio or the two-way radio, did you learn from other health aides. 

ELSIE:  Uh-hum.  Yeah.  You -- people used to call one another on that radio.  And we get instruction because what you do. 

MARLA:  And now do you just use the telephone? 

ELSIE:  Uh-hum (affirmative).  Now we just use the telephone the doctor. 

MARLA:  And the doctor? 

ELSIE:  Uh-hum (affirmative).  And that's much easier than before. 

MARLA:  Yeah. 

ELSIE:  And we but with the medevac, it's better. 

MARLA:  Because it's immediate? 

ELSIE:  Uh-hum (affirmative).  And they help us.  And they talk right from the airplane to -- with us. 

MARLA:  The pilots or doctors? 

ELSIE:  The doctors on the plane, medevac plane. 

MARLA:  Oh. 

ELSIE:  It's good like that because they ask how the patient is doing and we -- before they land, too, they call, of how long did we take him. 

MARLA:  Wow, that's great. 

ELSIE:  That's even faster.  Yeah. 

MARLA:  Big improvement, huh? 

ELSIE:  Yeah. 

MARLA:  Well, terrific.  Is there anything else you would like to say?  No? 

ELSIE:  No. 

MARLA:  Well, thank you so much for doing this interview.  It's been really wonderful to hear your story and I really appreciate you doing it on such last minute. 

ELSIE:  Uh-hum (affirmative). 

MARLA:  Thank you. 

ELSIE:  Yeah.