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The hernia that I acquired
is not the sort to be admired.
It is not gained by lifting weights
but is well known to ostomates.
For after laparotomy
it sits behind my ostomy.
This makes it harder to control
and it sometimes blocks the hole.
This blow the hand of fate has dealt
does not respond to hernia belt.
I’ve tried them large and then some small,
but nothing seems to work at all.
There’s many belts, both thin and thick.
Each one will claim to do the trick.
But the problem seems involved
and doesn’t want to be resolved.
So far those that I have tried
have not left me satisfied.
Mostly all the belts I wore
seemed to make my skin more sore.
Both to the left and to the right,
but not around the stoma site.
They would curl and they would crease.
Some would make me look obese.
Surely it should not be so hard
to make a belt and stoma guard.
Why should this simple thing perplex.
I cannot see that it’s complex.
I think that I will have to find
some motivation in my mind.
To discard belts off-
and make my own, just for myself.
Reproduced by kind permission of Bill Withers.
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