Monday, April 28, 2008

Once Upon a Time - Like Last Month

I promise this is true.

One year ago, I began physical therapy for some back pain I was having. The pain was really getting worse and I finally gave in and began PT, which in Brazil is an endless endeavor.

Anyway, so I worked hard and STR-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-E-ECHED and really enjoyed getting to know my physical therapist who, I thought for awhile there, was going to get saved in the process. BUT,

I spent so much time on her treadmill I got hip bursitis. This happened in September and I got really discouraged. I couldn't do anything, it was pretty much all I could do to hobble around and get my work done at home. My back was feelling somewhat better, but my hip was ruining any joy I had in that.

Months went by.

In November, I really began to discuss this seriously with God. One day, I was praying about it and I heard Him say, "You need to clean your own house."

Of course, I thought He was talking about the falling US dollar and the ever-increasing amount of money I pay to have a lady once a week clean the house. With a move to the South of Brazil and the fall of the dollar, my ability to support a widow and her family of four on Coke money and pocket change was gone.

I thought God was just changing the subject on me. BUT, I wasn't sure.

See, the main reason I still had a maid was that I was afraid to try and keep my own house. I was afraid I couldn't do it because of my back. My mom had given me a little booklet in which the author says God told her to clean her own house and not use her health as an excuse not to. SO,

I decided that, as soon as my hip was better, I would clean my own house. Anyway, all my maid's other employers were at the beach for the Dec-Feb summer, and she was totally dependent on me for her income in those months.

I changed doctors (twice), changed physical therapists (twice), and took a series of injections for the bursitis. Some small progress was made, but I finally gave up on all of them. By mid-March, it seemed I would have to clean my own house in pain. I told the maid how much I liked her, how pleased I was with her work, and blamed it all on the value of the dollar (remember, I still thought God had changed the subject on me).

The following week, armed with a new ironing board, US-branded cleaning products, and MUCH prayer, I set out to clean my own house. This was also the day the last of the injections wore off.

The first day of cleaning (it takes three mornings and one evening to clean the apartment--things get dirtier here), my hip pain went totally and completely away.

Gone. Completely Gone.

That was March 20 or so.

Hasn't been back since.

I feel like Naaman.


Anonymous said...

We are in the same boat. I got rid of my maid because I was paying her weekly and still had to clean things. Decided I would rather save the money and do it all myself. Got this site from Pam Weaver I modified her schedules to what works best for me but now I don't spend hours at a time cleaning. Of course you have to love organization to appreciate the site but it works for me.

I also make all my own cleaners-saves a ton of money and vinegar works great on all this mold and mildew. Ariana can help clean too.

Glad your back and hip are better. We need to get together soon. We have been running nonstop since returning.


Unknown said...

Okay, all I have to say is that when we here God talking we need to shut up. I can't seem to do that, but glad to hear your more obedient than I.

Campbell Dunson said...

I'm not sure. It took me 5 months to obey. . . :)

yes, let's get together. Give me a call when you guys climb out from under the post-stas pile :)

cunninghamsinbrazil said...

I love reading your blog. You make me laugh, you make me cry and you make me think. Make me think about my own obedience.

I can't wait to meet you in person and I am even more excited about getting down south.

I'm so glad that your back and your hip are better.

See you soon.

Campbell Dunson said...

Thanks so much for your supportive comments. I guess I should clarify something here.
My hip is better.
My back will get better as I strengthen my muscles and use better posture.

Campbell Dunson said...


Thanks so much, but I really don't mean to make people cry (unless bad grammar and excessive sarcasm do that to you :)

We're really excited about your coming also!