We have had an eventful week. We have had some new and unique visitors to the yard – some delightful and some not. Last night a Green Canopy Lizard must have dropped from one of the tops of the trees. The lizard book we have said that it is very rare to actually see one because they stay in the canopy and don’t come down. It hung out on some grass until it got dark and then headed on out – I assume back to the big tree. We also have seen a couple of butterflies and moths that we have not seen before and they were gorgeous. I am trying to find a butterfly book that will help me identify some of these specimens but in the meantime, it is fun to just watch them.
We also have had a couple of creepy visitors – really big centipede and a spider. The centipede headed out on it’s own but we are going to help the spider find a new place to inhabit. The web this spider is spinning is amazing but I haven’t been able to get a good photograph.
Just so you don’t think we only have exotic animals, I took a picture of a squirrel that has been hanging around. We actually don’t see too many squirrels so this is a real treat!
We were the visitors when we went to see Don Candido Morales today who is the medicinal plant doctor for the indigenous Bri Bri tribe who live primarily in the Talamanca mountains. He is known for the successes he has had with a variety of serious diseases and cancers. Don Candido lives just outside of Hone Creek and is about six miles from our house. We had heard of him through friends who run the organization El Puente which helps the children and adults of the Bri Bri tribe with schooling and other critical needs. We contacted Barry at El Puente and he set up an appointment so that Tom could have Don Candido look at his hands. He damaged the nerves several months ago while refinishing cabinets in our house in Moscow. They have been getting progressively worse and are to the point that he is miserable all the time as the palms itch, burn, crack and HURT continually.
He spent about an hour with Tom using acupressure on his hands and feet to determine whether or not there were malfunctioning organs that were at the root of the problem but he determined that, other than the nerve damage, he was in good shape. He did explain that the damage was so bad the it was beginning to move up his arms. He prescribed plants from the jungle that Tom will need to boil and breath in the steam once a day and then soak his hands in the mixture. He also whipped up some ointment with other plants for him to put on his hands. Once the ointment was applied his hands definitely felt better. He will go back to see him on Tuesday and it could take up to a month for them to heal. I will update Tom’s progress – hopefully this will work.