Physician dating former patient
In September, Thomas contested the bipolar diagnosis at a board hearing, records show. Her experience as a world-class figure skater reinforced this expectation and confidence.” In October, the board, citing her expired license, took no action. inside the trailer, but Looney has been up for hours, worrying.The diagnosis was made too quickly, she said, proffering a separate evaluation conducted by a psychologist whom she had paid. The only money they have coming in is from some Social Security checks on account of the death of his children’s mother. He says he wants to get out of here, but doesn’t know how.
She was once so lauded for the lithe beauty she expressed on the ice that Time magazine put her on its cover and ABC’s “Wide World of Sports” named her athlete of the year in 1986. She was smart — able to win a competition, stay up all night cramming, then ace a test the next morning. That was how reality TV told it, when the Oprah Winfrey Network’s “Fix My Life” and “Inside Edition” did pieces on her. She was the first champion in a generation to combine college and figure skating. She greets the store’s owners — “I just signed them up for Karatbars, which will help them a lot,” she later says — and settles into a booth. “I’m a visionary and have an ability to put very complex things together,” Thomas says. Her grandfather, Daniel Skelton, received a doctorate in veterinary medicine at Cornell University in 1939, the only African American in his class.Medical board records show she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder.Clinch Valley officials told Thomas to enter a distressed-physician program. And a year later, Thomas’s staff membership and clinical privileges were revoked.They were “rambling,” he said, laced with suspicion that the medical system was conspiring against her.Whatever was troubling Thomas, he said, was “progressive” and worse every time he heard from her.He wanted to get a job in the mines; she said he shouldn’t.
She wanted him to do the “Fix My Life” show; he thought he would be embarrassed on national television.
“This lady completely gets me.” “She sounded to me like she was jacked up,” Looney says of the woman, whom he had overheard speaking with Thomas.
The pair so rarely agrees that spending time with them can feel like sitting in on a couples’ therapy session.
Taylor said he sees his sister whenever commentators remark on professional tennis player Serena Williams’s muscles. “And she did it,” he said, “against the critics and against many odds.” But that victory also betrayed what would become her signature weakness. “She wanted and expected to be treated like a star,” said Lawrence Dorr, who offered her a prestigious orthopedic fellowship at the Dorr Arthritis Institute in Los Angeles, but quickly realized he couldn’t work with her. “I’ve never lasted anywhere more than a year,” she said.
Figure skating was — and remains — an intensely white and affluent sport, he said, and judges recommended that Thomas “play down certain aspects of her looks,” he said. Long, once an academic at the Los Angeles university where Thomas did her residency, saw this psychology at work. Long never saw her appear to be insecure and came to recognize her confidence as a “two-edged sword.” It drove her to take greater risks than others would. “But in orthopedics, she knew she wasn’t a star,” Dorr said. It was almost like she was contrarian, like she was trying to argue with everything I do.” Difficulties with other medical professionals would come to define Thomas’s career as she left one institution after another after short periods of time. What she viewed as commitment to perfection, others perceived as recalcitrance.
“Why not give her some space before the big risky stuff? She realized that Looney, who had spent years in the coal mines, had an addiction to prescription narcotics.