Well, it’s official. I went to see my hotshot coagulation specialist in St. Louis again today, and he reiterates that I’m unique. Most people who get arterial clots in their kidneys get them because of blunt trauma or heart disease. Neither of these apply to me. There are a few studies out there of people that have arterial renal blood clots not caused by those, but all of such people (and there aren’t many — the largest study had N=12) either smoke, have high blood pressure, or have a history of coagulation problems. None of those apply to me either.
So, I wasn’t too surprised when the doctor concluded with “I’d like to publish this, if it’s okay with you.” I was going to hold out for co-authorship, but I think that lab rats typically don’t qualify. Meanwhile, he thinks I should go off coumadin after 6 months are up (end of January). He also says that he thinks I shouldn’t bike huge distances, although he concedes that a) he doesn’t know of any actual connection and b) the nephrologist he conferred with didn’t think there was any connection either.
Meanwhile, in other news I helped out at the first Cape Cyclocross race on Sunday. It poured right up till race time, so the course had lots of mud. It’s basically a sort of obstacle course race with bikes — no suspension shocks, but otherwise whatever you want to ride. A good time was had by all. I may ride in the one this coming Sunday.