OK, let’s get this confession out of the way: The female DG is online a good portion of each 24 hour period – but still doesn’t get much news online. She’s just used to coming home and reading the newspaper, meaning that print thing with ink.
So it was only Tuesdays night, undoubtedly 36 hours or so after the story broke (in someone’s time zone) that she read first in the San Francisco Chronicle (edited version) and then the New York Times (full version) , the news that Tiger Woods – in a guilt by possible association – is a) a steriod user (full guilt by association due to criminal investigation of Canadian Dr. Anthony Galea); b) was administered human growth hormone by Dr. Galea (the implication of the edited Chronicle story) or c) took advantage of what other elite athletes – and those who are less elite but are in the right place at the right time like the female DG – used platelet-rich plasma therapy to hasten recovery from a muscle or other tissue injury. Unless there’s some other new evidence, she’s voting “c.”
There is irony in the Dec. 15 front page New York Times article which casts Dr. Galea’s medical practice in less than glowing, if not somewhat damning, terms. That same newspaper also profiled Dr. Alan Mishra on the front page in February of this year, heralding “a promising treatment for athletes – in blood.” Both doctors are utilizing platelet-rich plasma therapy. Both undoubtedly treat a number of “elite” athletes – but one of them, Dr. Galea, just happened to treat the current object of media frenzy, Tiger Woods.
The female DG is a recipient of platelet-rich plasma and is waiting for the headlines to break about her “outside the lines” treatment. The surgeon who repaired her partially-torn Achilles tendon in July – Dr. Lawrence Oloff – packed the repaired tendon with platelet-rich plasma before closing up. Because she lives in Menlo Park where Dr. Mishra practices, she consulted him for a second opinion before undergoing surgery; he offered an alternative to surgery – just injecting the wounded tendon with platelet-rich plasma. For a number of reasons, she chose surgery – and platelet-rich plasma.
This the female DG will never know: Did the packing of her surgical wound with platelet-rich plasma contribute to her “ahead of the curve” recovery from Achilles tendon surgery? She is starting to jog and is pain free.
Another thing she doesn’t know: When will the media leave Tiger Woods alone even though his candidacy for sainthood is off the table?