Please visit the above link for information regarding a medical mission sponsored by The Luz Fund to the hometown of Luz and her family in Juanjui Peru.


Welcome and many thanks for visiting the weblog of Luz Estephanie Machiavello del Castillo. Luz will be returning to Tampa in January 2018. Her appointment at Shriners for 2018 will be January 17. There is a good possibility that Luz' sister, Giuliana, may also accompany her. Luz has grown since we last saw her in March 2017. Hilmer has said that she is excelling in school. Please take note of the article below on the right to see how you can help make her visit more comfortable. You will be able to see updates on Luz and her progress as she proceeds along the path that will again enable her to grow in the confidence and stature of a beautiful little girl. Stay tuned.

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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Surgery Day

Jan 13 was surgery day for Luz. A small revision would enable her to wear her arm with no discomfort. Scheduled for late in the day it is likely she will stay the night at Shriners. Always skeptical when surgery is involved, Luz was a little pensive this morning. Eli and Hilmer were able to convince her of the need and that they would both be there when she awoke.

After short visit from Dr Grogan, her surgeon, and the Anesthesiologist, Luz was under sedation and fast asleep in teddy bear land.

The surgery went well but Luz would spend the night with Eli and Hilmer by her side until she awoke. As it worked out, Luz spent a second night at Shriners so they could send her home with just a small dressing on her arm. Her next visit would be January 27 when the dressing would be removed.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Catch Up

I'll try to bring you up to date in this post. Luz has been busy. Not many visits to Shriners but quite busy around town. We did go to Shriners on Jan 6. At that time they examined the small cyst on Luz' arm and decided the best course of action was surgery. It would be a minor procedure, but any procedure with someone with Luz history is a major one for her. She appeared a little anxious but accepting. This was expected as Luz seems to get a little nervous even when a tech uses a pair of scissors near her arm.

Surgery was scheduled for Jan 13. That leaves a week for relaxing and visiting around town. There is a circus near the house, sponsored by the International Showmens Association. So we gathered everyone and head for the big top.

It wasn't Barnum and Baily but the girls enjoyed it. Part of the show was a juggler from Lima Peru. I think Eli enjoyed the show as much as Luz and Veronica in their ringside seats.

It was a beautiful sunshine day in Tampa and the fresh air took a toll on everyone. We were no sooner back home and it looked like 'nap' time, even for Papa.