“They say ev’rything can be replaced
Yet ev’ry distance is not near
So I remember ev’ry face
Of ev’ry man who put me here

“I see my light come shining
From the west unto the east
Any day now, any day now
I shall be released”

Bob Dylan

This photo was taken two days ago after I walked into Alice’s and my apartment on Portland, Oregon’s west side.

I am a post-operative rejuvenated human surviver after Dr. Daniel Janoff, an eminently qualified urologist, removed my diseased bladder, prostate and a nearby lymph node in an operating room at Providence St. Vincent’s Hospital on Tuesday, Nov. 29.

I am left to wonder what life will be like without ordinary manly attributes.  Will my creativity be compromised?  Will I be a shell of the man I once was?  Will I be fun to be around?

Well, the true relevance is being able to contemplate essential questions.  That’s a gift.  No matter my mood, at least today I ponder such questions in my Mason Loika way.

I am alive.  And a team of doctors and nurses in one of this nation’s great hospitals is responsible for that mean feat.

So let’s bless today and every breath I take.  I have been RELEASED.

13 thoughts on “RELEASED!”

  1. So glad you are going home! Congratulations on your successful surgery…take care and get some good rest in your own home and bed, you will feel so much better in your own surrrounds!

  2. I think you will be “fun to be around”… quality of life is everything! Be fun whenever possible. Love to you and Alice.

  3. By the tone of this post you sound like yourself. In the meantime rest and do as your doctor says. We will be waiting for more posts from you in the future. Sending positive thoughts from Texas!

  4. I knew it!

    And now “The times they are a changin” As your earthly attributes are replaced with new spirirual organs.

    Mase I suggest to you your heavenly body shines even brighter!

    Start appreciatin and communicatin I can hardly wait to hang on every word.

    Ring in and bring on your divine
    light for us to bask in your glow as your words will help us grow 🙂

  5. Good to see and know that you are on a new road in life that includes recovery. Do not be dismayed, your doctor will be able to offer you a new toy in about a year or less.

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