Roger Simon: I Had My Legs Cut Off

Politico‘s Roger Simon has resumed his column after an 8-month absence.   He explains in an interview with himself:

Q: Where have you been? It’s been months.

A: I decided that while anyone can write about health care from the outside, it takes a real journalist to explore it from the inside.

Q: So?

A: So I had my legs cut off.

Q: That’s not funny!

A: You’re telling me. You want to know what’s funny about losing your legs?

Q: What?

A: They’re always in the last place you look.

Q: I can’t tell if you are making this up. How did you lose your legs?


A: How about I got an infection and it led to blood poisoning?

Q: That, I believe.

A: The doctors had to cut off my right leg below the knee and almost all of my left foot. After a long stint in intensive care, then seven weeks at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, I am now in a wheelchair. But I can’t wait to get back on my own two — artificial — feet again.


Q: You are being very brave about this.

A: It is amazing how brave you can be when you have no choice. Also, I am on a lot of drugs.

A sad story, indeed, although I suppose better than the alternative.
James Joyner
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  1. Brett says:

    Yikes. That must have been one hell of a infection and case of blood poisoning – how did he get it?

    Well, at least artificial limbs are a lot better than they used to be.