My core was compromised –
a stomach hernia required repair.
Every movement exercises the core
and the operation made moving hurt.
All movement was painful
but prone was the most challenging.
Three to five days of recuperation
became three to five weeks of restriction.
Indeed, it was unpleasant
and the healing task daunting.
The elastic binder at first a blessing
became a bother and the constraint foregone.
So too, the opioid was of little use
impacting breathing and making me uncomfortable.
My body altered, my being shook,
my gut shuddered; my chakra uttered…
My core is on the mend –
my abdomen is reinforced,
a lump replaced with evenness
to recover flexibility.
My core is restored –
to process needs and wants,
to sustain with patient support,
to practice affirmation.