Phase One of Operation Juggler is complete. The U.S. Citizen (known to many in David as The Juggler) that was missing and later found needing an operation to remove a tumor, has made the first leg of his trip back to the U.S. and is currently across the hall from me in Hotel Milan in Panama City.
The most difficult part of the trip was getting him on and off the small Air Panama aircraft. Getting him off the plane was the most difficult taking 20 minutes, after all other passengers had exited.
I would like to thank my friend John Clement, in David, for all of his help getting The Juggler from his apartment to the David airport this morning. A good friend of The Juggler had come down to Panama to escort The Juggler back to the U.S. John also provided a place for The Juggler’s friend to stay for his one night in David.
I would like to thank my friend Omar for helping The Juggler’s friend with transportation from Tocumen to the Milan Hotel, and the next day to Albrook for his flight to David. Today Omar met all of us at Albrook and took The Juggler and his friend to the Milan hotel.
Omar had asked the hotel if they had a wheelchair and while they didn’t, the receptionist loaned her desk chair to roll The Juggler to his room. Thank you Hotel Milan.
I also would like to thank The Juggler’s angel, without which, I am quite confident that today’s trip would never have happened. Had she not insisted that I come see him, he might not have gotten checked to find the problem. After that she was beside his side caring for him until he departed the David airport this morning.
The fact that the U.S. Embassy was able to arrange an emergency passport for The Juggler’s friend and the fact that we were able to line up transportation on one of the most difficult traveling times in Panama still amazes me. Thanks to the U.S. Embassy or the passport help and to the Man upstairs who must have helped allowing the flight arrangements to be made.
Phase Two of Operation Juggler will begin at 10:30A.M. tomorrow, when Omar will return and deliver the pair to Tocumen for their flight to Houston. I will help until they leave the hotel and then Lilliam and I will head to Colon, to begin our trip.
I am assuming that tomorrow’s transportation will be a little easier for The Juggler, with larger airplanes and no stairs to negotiate.
I will stay in contact with The Juggler’s family in the U.S. and will try to let his friends know how he is doing.
All of the Chiriquí Chatter readers, that have a good relationship with the Man upstairs are requested to put in a good word for The Juggler.
Lets all hope that Phase Three of Operation Juggler (recovery from surgery) goes as well as Phase one and the upcoming Phase Two.