July 12, 2018
Today I got stung by a stingray
The whole event was raging from hilarious to very torturous. Its kinda of crazy to believe such little animal can produce so much pain, but I guess that the whole animal kingdom never ceases to surprise me , specially and including us.
I wont forget my first impression being NO way ! This actually happened. Kind of how i perceive death would feel, you know ? I always wonder why It has never happened to me, so many visits to the beach, so many close people being touched by it and now finally me.
So yes I was there as the pain really hit me and many things happened after That. Funny things like a woman coming and peeing on top of my ankle, and then me finding out that this remedy was actually for jelly fish 😂 . The same woman then offered me chewing gum, in case that was the thing I was fancing. So cute ! Many lovely people came to help and be with me until finally the life guard arrived and took me through the longest walk, to get my foot finally inside of hot water (which by the way is the only thing u do and then after 45 mins its fine )
And as I sat there I got to talk to my new lifeguard about life and Panama, and of course we talked a lot about sting rays. An older guy that I believe was kind of a knowledgable homeless came and talked to me about how president Reagan was actually born in Panama - I dont know if this is true- . I got to observe for a whole hour a boy interacting with his doggie being the cutest best friends, making me cry of joy to know my dog is also coming tomorow. And finally I got to meet the couple that finally gave me a ride home, learning that they were also both stung by sting rays many times, that he liked going to nicaragua for surf trips and wanted now to add Panama to his bucket list, and that similar to my husband’s nonprofit “give and surf” they had a club named surf and surf but that this was mainly a friends hangout surfing around the world thing. We talked and talked and as we were sitting already outside my home, we said our goodbyes with a very honest “so nice to meet you” but also the sweetest part of all was that when I exited their car she said to me “im sorry about the sting ray” and I heard myself replying “you know, I wouldnt have changed a thing”
Animal medicine is powerful. I felt blessed because sting ray spirit reminded me to be present but also that all pain is not bad. That actually going through it is necessary in order to receive other blessings. And most than most what seems like venom, can be ultimately become true medicine.
This made me think of my strongest piece of my pie- of my life- . The Loving relationship between my husband and I. I have gone through so much to be here... like a lot. And still, I wouldnt have changed one thing. Not one.
So this is my jewel for the other areas of my life. Let it sting, accept the help from other people, appreciate the beauty of this life’s interaction and see how this can transform you.
I also discovered that the hidden message of stingray totem is that you are on the right path, and to actually keep going ! Its a reassurance of yourself ! LOVE IT