Roger Simon became a bi-lateral amputee in November 2009 when a blood-borne infection went out of control. His right leg was amputated below the knee and most of his left foot was removed. Roger took on this setback with a positive attitude and his trademark quick wit. If his name sounds familiar to you it’s probably because you have read one of his columns in Politico, a newspaper and website based in Arlington, VA where he is Chief Political Columnist."
We met Roger in November 2010, a year after his amputations were performed. He had been fit with prosthetic limbs, but was not able to wear them throughout the day without pain. As his wife, Marcia, explained, Roger's first prosthetic legs were uncomfortable and painful to use; he regarded them as a necessary set of "tools."
During his first visit to POA we fit Roger with custom silicone liners. A few test sockets and some tweaks in alignment later, he was much more comfortable and eager to resume his active lifestyle.
In March 2011, Roger returned to POA for his seocnd set of prosthetic legs. Over the previous three months he had regained much of the stamina he had lost due to inactivity, and his residual limbs had matured and changed shape.
As of this writing, February 2012, Roger's gait is strong, confident and pretty darn close to perfect! His prosthetic limbs are comfortable and he thinks of them as his full-time "legs" now; they are no longer painful tools worn only when necessary.