Monthly Archives: July 2010


William (Bill) Banyez is in the Chiriqui Hospital with a tricky bleeding ulcer.

He needs blood and Panamanians do not generally have B positive. He is back and forth between Intensive care and room 1. Please if you can find it in your heart go and donate some. If you encounter any confusion there go up to Medic Service and get instructions from Melissa or Emma. God Bless!


I’m now told, per Bill Banyez wife Mayka, that Bill no longer has need of blood donations. This afternoon, he was transferred from Hospital Chiriqui to Hospital Regional in David, where there is a B+ blood supply in stock. Bill is now in stable condition.

I’m pleased to note that three of the six B+ persons listed in Bocas Blood Registry immediately responded to the call for donors. Remarkable generosity, especially since all would have travel costs to David. If you wish to add your name to our Registry, just email to me your name, phone # and blood type. When there’s an emergency need, you’ll be notified privately. Soon, I hope to expand this kind of medical/emergency support into broader uses – a free community service called InfoBank.

Thanks much,

Larry Shane
757 9717 / 6621 1897

UPDATE July 29 – on David Yahoo Group

Bill Banyez has been moved to the Hospital Regional in a critical state. They have a small amt. of blood there. He is scheduled for surgery so everyone stand by to donate if you can. Women over 54 and men over 60 cannot donate. It is the policy of the medical community. Sorry to all of you that showed such a huge heart to go donate and were rejected. Let’s don’t forget Bill if he needs us again. He has taken 8 units and is likely to need at least that much more in the event of emergency surgery.


Weelllll………..Bill Banyez passed on last night. We just found out this a.m.. I’m on my way to David to see what’s what and be with his widow. They moved him to Regional Chiriqui where there is a blood bank and he continued to get about 2 units a day. He was never with out blood. Thanks to the entire community that offered to donate and especially to those who did not qualify due to quirky policies. Just to clear the record, he had a heart attack and did not bleed to death. They might have been able to operate on the bleeding ulcer but judged his heart would not tolerate the surgery. Makes you think…..should we all be thinking about starting a blood bank; not just for us but for the good of our adopted country? Know I’ll be getting my affairs in order; Bill was my age, only 56 or so. May our friend rest in peace with our maker.

Viva Mexico – 1er Festival Gastronómico

I get a weekly email from Stylo in Ciudad de David telling me the week’s menu. I am sure you can get on their mailing list if you want to know what the weekly buffet menu is.

Today I received a menu of an event to be held this Saturday at 8:00 PM. I decided to post it for those suffering Mexican food withdrawal. Knowing the way that Cuidad de David does things, this should be special and the price reflects it.

As you can see from the first photo, a special chef from Mexico will prepare the menu. The night will include live mariachis, a welcoming margarita, all the food you can eat and reservations are required.

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A tu gusto y a mi manera

A new Italian restaurant has opened up in David. I was able to try it out on Sunday.

As the card above says, it is across the street from Plaza Real. The restaurant has been open about a week and while we went on a Sunday, I think the owners are still evaluating if Sunday will be a regular day or not. The hours are noon to midnight if people are still in the restaurant.

This is a photo of the front of the restaurant. Normally, if the restaurant is open, the iron gate under the sign will be open and has the outside dining. We were the first ones there after church and basically helped open the restaurant. Continue reading A tu gusto y a mi manera