During the last three days in Panama I had an infection that got worse by the day. By the morning of March 15 I was feeling so weak that I turned back from birding down Old Gamboa Road. Bob, Floyd, and I rested on the trail between the two Summit Ponds while the others continued.
That was my only regret of my trip to Panama. Carlos took the rest of the group along a side trail to see a Spectacled Owl. But Larry captured a wonderful shot of this uncommon and colorful owl and shared it with me. In general he shares his photos on Discover Life, where currently 34 pages of his photos start here.
Photo Courtesy of Larry Thompson
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That day my left eye kept tearing so much that I couldn’t see clearly with it no matter how often I wiped it. But worse was the pain in my right ear. It got so strong that I had to take two Vicodins at a time to control it. Then, that night at about 3 a.m. the pain stopped suddenly.
But it stopped only because something in my ear broke and blood came pouring out. It was still bleeding when I got up at 5:30 a.m. for breakfast. Eric then gave me something to help control the infection, but I wasn’t up to participating in the morning expedition to the Panama Rainforest Discovery Center. The only outings that I skipped entirely were that one and the afternoon outing the day before to the area around the town of Gamboa.
As I write this a week later I am well again. Before I left Panama I emailed my doctor, and he had a prescription ready for me to pick up when I returned home on March 18.