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.