It’s time

20 May, 2009

I’ve known for 5 months that this time would come and it’s unfortunate but something that’s gotta be done. I wrote about the surgery last month in preparation for it because it would end my season early for Colorado.  The surgery is pretty minor, but there are always risks involved and because it’s near my organs I’m more nervous about it than I was for knee surgery. Recovery is quick and I’ll be back to 100% in six weeks.  


I’ll be pretty miserable for the next couple days so be patient with me replying to comments/emails. On a positive note, I’ll be high as a kite for the next couple days so it’s probably good that I won’t be replying to comments/emails.
I do want to thank everyone for the support and well wishes. I’ll use this post to update my recovery. I certainly don’t want to take over my snowboarding blog with icky chick surgery stuff…soo just check back here.


Update 5/20/09 3pm:  Well I had surgery today, was at the hospital at 6am and surgery at 7:30am.  I didn’t even get to countdown because the last thing I remember is moving my body to the surgery room table and making sure my butt was in the right spot on the table.  Then nothing, anesthesiologist knocked me out quick.  I woke up a couple hours later in the post-op recovery room.  Since I had a breathing tube in my mouth, I woke up with a sore throat, hard time talking and in some pain.  I immediately got more pain meds and was just out of it.  Now i’m back at home, recovering in my bed and sleeping.   My surgery was laproscopic so they were able to go in through small incisions in my abdomen and use cameras/equipment to remove the ovarian cyst and scar tissue.  My ovary was good and so it was able to stay, which is great news.  Before I left the hospital I got to see photos of my insides, yeah gross but it was cool to see.  Now it’s recovery time, sleeping a lot and trying to keep the pain down at home.  Thanks for everyone’s well wishes, I appreciate them a lot.


Update:  5/21/09 9pm:  Well day 1 was the worst, day 2 I’ve been feeling a lot better which is great.  No more sore mouth from the breathing tube and I can move around a bit, as long as I don’t twist or use my stomach muscles.  My stomach is really tender from the surgery, still in bandages and can’t wait till it’s back to normal.  Family has been great, making sure I’m fed with apple juice and soft foods to eat.  So far so good and no infection yet.  I’m feeling less out of it, so finally getting to emails and posts again.  


Update:  5/22/09 3pm:  Well last night I tried to eat a regular meal and that wasn’t happening.  I ended up throwing up that yummy meal this morning since I couldn’t digest it.  Yeah gross…even nicer that I couldn’t make it to the toilet and my sink smells like salmon/salad dinner.  Other than that, back to soft easy foods to eat and feeling  a little better.  I’m almost done with the season 1 of Heroes so that’s been keeping me occupied.


Update:  5/31/09 3pm:   I’m doing a lot better now, I am moving around a lot more and eating normal foods again.  I went back to work on Thursday and Friday which was interesting, you could tell I was still worn out and not 100% yet but I managed to work.  Now weekends are just taking it easy and spending more time doing blog stuff which is great.  It’s weird to not be snowboarding and in a mission to track down snow but I’m sure once July hits and I get the ok I will be back on the mountain.  

Update 6/19/09:  Well It’s been almost a month since surgery and I feel a lot better.  In early June I came down with a temperature, light headed and very pale.  I wasn’t eating or sleeping good for a couple weeks so I went into the doctor and found out I had a pelvic infection from the surgery.  I was on meds for two weeks to get rid of that and just got off them.  My scars from surgery are healed up and I’ve been told I can swim after this weekend which means I can ride very soon!  I feel a lot better and can’t wait to be back on the snow.  I really want to thank everyone for all the kind thoughts.

About the author


From the beginning of time, I was Shannon. From the beginning of snowboarding, I was Shay. From the beginning of online communities, I was Shayboarder. In the end, I’m the writer, photographer, editor, publisher, guru of sorts, product tester, curvy girl, and most importantly the snowboarder behind it all. Follow me on this journey through snowboarding, mountain biking, traveling and fun experiences!

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  1. Shredding Stuff
    May 20, 2009

    Good luck.

  2. VancityAllie
    May 20, 2009

    Good luck Shay! We’re thinking of you!

  3. Jimster716
    May 20, 2009

    Good luck and get better soon. Make sure you slap a shayboarder sticker on the gurney! 😉

  4. Shralp
    May 20, 2009

    Enjoy the meds!

  5. Shayboarder
    May 20, 2009

    Thanks everyone, I’m doing good after surgery and just tired and out of it now. I was told not to make any big decisions so I’m trying to stay offline, haha

  6. Nose Dradamous
    May 20, 2009

    Docs, drugs, blogs, huh??? Where am I? Ouch.
    Get well girl.

  7. Carrie
    May 20, 2009

    Happy to hear it went well Shay!! take care and hope you’re back in full form soon!!

  8. Crispy
    May 20, 2009

    Get well soon!

  9. Leah
    May 20, 2009

    Sending good vibes across the seas from the UK! Get well soon!!!

  10. Graham
    May 20, 2009

    Sounds like all’s well so far. Here’s another wish for continued smooth shredding. Now go make some babies as soon as possible. You know, to celebrate =)

  11. Anonymous
    May 20, 2009

    hope you have a speedy recovery and wish you the best!

  12. COoLleR
    May 20, 2009

    Get well soon!!

  13. Griff
    May 21, 2009

    Good to hear it all went well. Recover fast, and hope you’re back at it soon.

  14. Lauren
    May 21, 2009

    I lost my phone but I did get your message… so glad to hear you made it out OK! You’ll be back to kicking ass and taking names again soon enough 😀 Adrian and I send you our love!

  15. Shayboarder
    May 21, 2009

    Thanks everyone for the well wishes and support, recovery is going well and i’m up and about but still taking it easy and resting a lot.

    I pretty much can’t do anything for 6 weeks that involves anything fun…so it’ll be a very relaxing 6 weeks then back to fun times!

  16. Huckleberry Hart
    May 23, 2009

    Remember. The key to success is lots of TV and milk shakes.