Our day started with a visit to the indigenous curandaro, Candido. Today we were invited into the new building that will eventually house the reception/waiting area. Little did we know that today was a day for fun and games!
Tim has been challenged by a seizure disorder for over 15 years now and uncontrolled seizures (despite taking mucho medication) for the last 11 years. Today Candido would be testing Tim’s memory and brain functions. Candido had set up the table with three gourd bowls. He explained to Tim that the one on his far right was filled with seeds (both male and female), the middle bowl was empty and the one on the left was filled with water. Tim was first to take one seed at a time out of the bowl on the right and, counting aloud, place them into the empty bowl. After he counted out the seeds, he was to then transfer all the seeds to the bowl with water. Candido pointed out that the seeds that floated were female, whereas the ones that sunk were male. Tim’s job was to count and return only the female floaters to the empty bowl. Each part of the test was timed and recorded. Candido explained that the timed responses would help determine the strength of the herbs Tim would receive.
Kayla is being seen for an anxiety disorder. She is easily overstimulated and reacts with anger or frustration. Candido wanted to test to see how much stimulation she could handle so he asked her to play the marachas close to her ears (audio stimulation) while he applied pressure to various areas of her back (physical stimulation). How much is too much.
Kayla though was instructed to simmer the leaves from two different plants, cool and then use the liquid to bath her entire head before bedtime. She has taken to calling this her “Anxieties Be Gone” bathwater!
Here’s a look at all our “medications” thus far!
We arrived back home just in time for a quick lunch before Camelita arrived, then Bruce and I rode our bikes to Cocles Beach. I know we’ve been to the beach numerous times now but really, this weather screams BEACH.
Unfortunately it was a bit too crowded today. We think we might have heard voices in the distance. Joking aside, the sandy beach and warm blue water was amazing. To have this beach to ourselves was just unbelievable.
A cool refreshing ride back through the jungle on the beach path returned us home.
Another perfect day!