Thursday, March 10, 2011

Serena again.

In addition to the pulmonary embolism, Serena also apparently had a significant superficial hematoma the size of a grapefruit from an injection of blood thinner she was given to treat the pulmonary embolism:
One day after that, Williams had a procedure to remove a hematoma from her stomach. For the first time, she explained how that developed. The blood thinner shots (likely Lovenox) are administered into the fatty part of the stomach. They often leave large bruises and lead to swelling. Serena's bruise grew into the size of a grapefruit and needed to be drained in an emergency procedure.

She told Lauer that she hasn't really left the house recently, which runs contrary to a confirmed Deadspin report that Serena spoke at a conference in Las Vegas two days after her second hospitalization. The best news is that doctors tell her that her lungs are "fairly healthy" and she's "on the road to recovery.
Such a hematoma would not be due to immobility. Both pulmonary embolisms and hematomas are at much increased risk by the use of EPO or similar drugs. In addition to its competition use, EPO is often used as a training drug to increase the athlete's stamina and ability to work out. Any doctor who allowed her to fly or drive to Vegas shortly after having a pulmonary embolism should have his/her license reviewed. Again, I will allow the reader to choose between two scenarios (or come up with your own):
1. Serena cut the top of her foot on a piece of glass at an unnamed restaurant and, although able to joust in high heels within days of this, had a lacerated tendon and osteomyelitis (a bone infection). She then had a pulmonary embolism as a risk factor for immobility (despite walking around in a soft cast) and an unusually large hematoma.
2. Serena injected herself with "something" in the top of her foot and this led to an infection of the bone from the needle being contaminated (a common cause of osteomyelitis in drug users). Initially, she was given a little bit of I.V. antibiotic and required only a small incision covered with a band-aid to hide it, but the infection spread, requiring a more invasive surgical intervention. A then out-of-shape Serena began a "supplement" regimen which may have included EPO to get ready for this year's tennis season and that (along with whatever other risk factors she may have had) caused a pulmonary embolism (and a superficial hematoma). Her apparent lack of concern about this PE as she cruises to Vegas and attends the Academy Awards, is due to the fact that she knows the chemical cause and knows that her risk of another one will be eliminated if she stops using the chemical in question.


  1. I always found it difficult to believe that Serena had cut her foot and then was able to perform they way she did at the charity function a few days later. I am not a medical expert but your scenario is persuasive - if you think she is a probable user of ped's like EPO's. I am more and more inclined to the latter view, simply because I think Serena is unlikely to be the exception - like most professional sports now, tennis gives every appearance of being rife with ped's. If she isn't a user - then nobody in tennis is. That I find very unlikely.

    I read two (unrelated) news items today that tend to reinforce that view: a 37 year old British athlete won her first championship 800 metre track race - amazing that an athlete can peak as a masters(!!) athlete - and Contador is back to his winning ways after being "cleared" by the Spanish cycling federation - who says cheats don't prosper!

  2. Surprisingly (or maybe not), no credible media sources have really considered PEDs to demystify the outlandish series of events in Serena's life since Wimbledon. They have been praying for her, hoping she returns, and stating any comeback would be heroic etc. I guess a comeback from a self-imposed health risk (PED abuse) is not quite as glamorous.

    She even says she might be back in a few months! Typically, embolisms put top athletes out of action for entire seasons.

  3. Some funny tweets from Neil Harman (journalist)

    "At Rafa's practice. Packed as always. Watching him at work is a beautiful thing. Looks v slim. Imagination?"

    "JM looked good ysdy, though Stepanek as shocking as his outfit. Novak actually seems bigger to me, amazing what GS win does"

  4. In the way too distance past, observations about a fluctuations in a player's size didn't really happen - because players didn't "yo-yo" physically like they do now. It is ridiculous that this is now given as normal and arouses so few suspicions in media and fans.

    We also used to say, to indicate that we weren't going to be fooled when someone was trying to put one across us, that "I wasn't born yesterday". The trouble is, most media today and fans were; they haven't been around long enough to remember how different it used to be.

    So, Neil, "Novak seems bigger" now, and "amazing what a GS win does"? Well, "2 plus 2 is equal to" - let's try adding it up, shall we? And Rafa goes from buffed to slim to - damn, what kind of "diet" is this guy on! Maybe he "cycles" - and I don't mean like Lance Armstrong. Actually, maybe I do.

  5. Heard from someone there Djokovic was playing football shirtless (very hot), and looked seriously muscular.

  6. Djokovic really looks quite impressive. Here are some pictures:

    However as somebody else pointed out, the clay court season will be the real test for him and his allergies.

  7. I'm glad others are noticing Novak's new physique. Things have been suspicious about him since the Australian Open. His new "doctor" makes things even more interesting. If his once notorious breathing problems become a thing of the past...especially as things heat flag big time.

  8. What I notice with Novak nowadays is this knee bandage he wears whenever he can. Certainly a good passport for "PRP" treatment.

    But frankly, I am not yet 100% sure with him whereas with Nadal and Murray, I don't suspect anymore...I simply know!

    1. What do you "know" about Nadal and Murray? It's extremely easy for anyone to have a physique bigger than theirs through drug-free weight training.
      Even men with low testosterone levels can get very muscular.
      The miles/hours on the court they do is amazing though, and Novak had pretty much the greatest season in tennis history last year. But they aren't muscular at all really, and stamina drugs would be more their thing anyway. Look at Federer - he is puny, yet hits the ball harder than most. Also, Nadal takes an age between service points - if he was on EPO he'd be rushing his clean opponents.

  9. I've searched Yahoo's news section with the keywords "Serena Williams steroids". Almost nothing comes up. Why doesn't some enterprising journalist try to blow the lid off this story and maybe get himself/herself a Pulitzer Prize? I can't believe no one out there wants to break this story.

  10. But if 90% or more are on steroids, why picking on Serena?

  11. << The trouble is, most media today and fans were; they haven't been around long enough to remember how different it used to be.>>

    I don't think people care about anything anymore. They just wanna be entertained. They like to see big healthy people, well at least on the outside. These drugs are so easy to get anywhere, anytime. And there is money and fame. Risks?