by Molly Mednikow
I have been blogging about our visit to the Amazon Animal Orphanage. Nobody could actually describe things more clearly than the Vet Adventurer himself, Luke Gamble. So be sure to read his thoughts on the day on his blog!
The surgery was performed in sweltering heat and humidity. During the last half hour, however, it began to rain. Hard. Luke finished the surgery crouching under tree branches and under a thin shower curtain two men held over the surgery table. I had come along as a translator, and spent most of the time off camera. During the downpour I huddled in the house with the kids, puppies, assorted chicks, roosters and a hen trying to lay eggs on the bed.
We brought Sabrina back to the CARES clinic for recovery. I slept next to her on the floor for an hour at one point during the night. Annie and Luke came to check on her and "relieved me," although it wasn´t a burden to watch over and keep this loving animal warm. I returned to a bed upstairs and at some point I heard the door close downstairs. This is when Luke left at 4:45 AM. He apparently spent some quality time on the floor comforting Sabrina as well. I went down and added to the small pillow he´d placed on the floor and showed her affection until I fell asleep. I am unsure at what hour the Vets came in again, but they are so thorough in their careful monitoring that I´m sure I wasn´t asleep on the floor for long.