Monday, November 20th, 2017

Until I met a man who had no feet


Roger Simon returns to writing, and explains why he was away.

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: Would you believe a sky-diving accident?

Q: No.

A: How about a snowboarding pileup?

Q: No.

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: What will those be like?

A: I am hoping they will be like Iron Man, and I will be able to fly and kick over buildings.

Good to see Simon back on his… um, yeah.

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