Nan Mustard's Recovery

This blog is a record of Erin (Nan) Mustard's recovery.

Sunday, June 11, 2006

The sun is shining brighter

Dear Friends,

We have had unique opportunities this morning to spend time with mom. Nikki and Keanna arrived early this morning from California. Nikki and I came first for a visit and were allowed to sit in when the entire staff discussed the plan for Nan's care today. It was very interesting to listen as they discussed the process of gradually backing off on some meds and trying other things to keep things moving forward. She had a good night and when we walked in this morning we say the temp, 98.4. That sure looked good. Also the heart rate was down about 10 to 15 beats per minute, the blood pressure is holding. Problem areas remain with high creatins, 3.3, should be 1.5 and kidneys that are having a hard time keeping up with the demand to process all the fluids she has been given. Her platelettes are low but they have not given her any since after the surgery yestereday. They are going to try to shock her kidneys into increased action with 240 mg of lasixs and if that does not do the job they will consider doing dialysis on a very gradual and long term basis to drain off extra fluids and get the creatins down to a better level.

Several times we have been told by people in the ICU that she is doing better overall, however there are still grave risks. At the present time they are gently waking her up partially to test her brain function, have her move her legs, arms. We will not know the results of that test in awhile, could be a day or two before she wakes up enough to conduct the test. She will not be awake enough to carry on conversations or anything like that yet.

So for now at 1:30 in Boston we are hopeful. Sharon Nelson, sister in law, is flying back to Texas this afternoon and we have deeply appreciated her coming up yesterday and being such a huge help in so many ways. She will return when she can.

Dana, Nan's sister is leaving Tuesday morning and also will return later. Our children, Jason and Nikki are both here and are like rocks for me to interact with. What a huge blessing family is and I urge you to take a moment and let those around you know how you feel toward them while you can. When a family faces a crisis of this magnitude every earthly thing receeds in importance and only vital people issues matter.

We all want to thank you for your prayers, kind thoughts, wonderful messages on the blog site. Lets just keep the prayers going for this gentle wonderful lady who has touched us all.

Thank you so much,

Tim and the whole family


  • At 10:36 AM, Anonymous KEN SCHOU said…

    We're with you Tim & family, as much as we can be from a distance & check in here a number of times a day.

    It goes without saying that Nan & you all remain in my heart, thoughts & prayers

    -Ken Schou

  • At 10:39 AM, Blogger Gery P. Friesen said…

    Our prayers ascend. God is alive and is able to heal. We are praying that Nan's healing is his will.

  • At 10:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Dear Tim, Nikki and Jason,
    Although it has been many, many years since I've seen all of you, I have countless fond memories of our time in Tracy with your family and the rest of the church family. Please know that all of you are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Much love,
    Laura Tall Liu

  • At 11:12 AM, Anonymous wes huffman said…

    Dear Tim,

    There is sunshine in our souls today more glorious and bright than any earthy light. May the joy, peace and hope that comes from this light be with you each moment. Our family continues to pray daily for yours.

    Wes Nan Jeff Rachel and Zack

  • At 11:19 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Nan is a remarkable lady and continues to amaze to us all. Our prayer is that she may continue to be an inspiration to others. May God bless each of you and hold you close.

    Love Roger and Carol

  • At 11:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hi Mustard Family,

    So glad to hear that Nan's Temp is where it belongs, what good News !

    Again please know that We continue in Prayer for the best of everything for Nan & You who are so faithfuly standing by Her bed side.

    We will make Sweet Music together again some day, Won't that be something !!

    Bob & Carrol

  • At 11:53 AM, Anonymous Marilyn Crawford said…

    Dear Tim and family,

    Ron and I are among your many friends who are thinking of Nan and praying for her. May God bless you and keep your family strong, and restore Nan’s health very soon.

    Marilyn Crawford

  • At 12:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Dear Tim and family:

    We continue to keep Nan and you all in our prayers.

    Peace and Blessings to you.

    Jesse Martinez and kids

  • At 12:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Dear Nan,

    You know that all of us on Gist Support International are praying, crossing fingers, lighting candles, and just sending you the best energy we can.

    Thank you to all who made this blog spot to keep us posted on dear Nan.

    Bev Shirts

  • At 12:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Tim, Nikki and Jason:

    Just reading the messages to you from your friends has cheered up my day and I know it has yours.

    I have been thinking and praying for Nan and you all morning. May God give all of you strength. If only you could feel the hugs I'd love to be able to give you in person.

    And, thanks for sharing Nan's progress with us throughout the day

    Luella (Beglau) Nelson

  • At 1:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Dear Mustard Family,
    There are many here in Oklahoma City praying for my fellow Gister, Nan, and your entire family. Our prayers will continue for her healing. It seems as if God is hearing us all as Nan makes gradual improvement. Thank you for blessing us with the opportunity to check on Nan's progress so frequently. God's blessings.
    Jani DeHart

  • At 1:30 PM, Blogger Irene Wing said…

    I just returned home from church and rushed over to my computer to check your blog. YES, the sun is shining brighter! The news about Nan is so encouraging. Take a couple of more deep breaths, Tim because we are re-enegerized and will be asking God to continue blessing Nan and your family.
    In God's Love,
    Irene Wing

  • At 1:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Dear Tim and family,
    Thank you so much for taking the time to keep us all posted on Nan's condition. I have checked twice today and am very encouraged by her progress so far. My thoughts and prayers are also with all of you to keep up your strength, stamina and positive light. Give her hand a big squeeze from me if you can!
    Love, Deanne (in Placerville)

  • At 1:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Dear Tim and family,
    Thank you so much for taking the time to keep us all posted on Nan's condition. I have checked twice today and am very encouraged by her progress so far. My thoughts and prayers are also with all of you to keep up your strength, stamina and positive light. Give her hand a big squeeze from me if you can!
    Love, Deanne (in Placerville)

  • At 2:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Dear Jason and Family,
    I am glad to know the sun is shining brighter-and our prayers are helping. Monterey Bay Acdemey class of '06 just graduated a few hours ago- we all marched in support of Jason's Mom-with pink ribbons on our robes. Every Single Senior is giving our love to your family.

  • At 2:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    WOW Tim your updates sound better and better. I am so happy that Nikki and Keanna have gotten to meet you there. She will be a great help to you and she will defenitly help with Nan. I have never met a mother and daughter so much alike that can get along so well. Enjoy the blessings of having your family there.
    Always thinking of you all. My biggest hope is that Nan's recovery continues to be good. This webpage has provided so many of us with the details that we want. Thank you all so much for making us a part of your family.
    Tim I did forward this to some of the clients @ Reverse Mortgage and Tom Perkins so that they could see how she is doing also. Everyone always sends all of their prayers and good wishes to you and your family. Take ccare of each other.
    Love always,
    Pam, Dusty, Sheena and Bryce

  • At 3:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Tim and Family,

    There was a story that I had heard when I was about 6 years old. It is called the giving tree by Shel Silverstein. The story is about a little boy who's best friend is a tree. He loved this tree more than anything in the world. But slowley the boy grew up and left his friend behind. When the boy returned to the tree she gave him her apples to sell for money. A long time passed and the boy returned. The tree gave him her branches so that he could build a home. More time passed and the boy finally came back to the lonely tree. And once again she gave to the little boy that she loved. It was her trunck so the boy could sail away and find happiness. Much time passed and thetree thought she would never see the boy agian. She said I have nothing left that I can give you. And the boy who was quit old now said i have very little needs. I just need some where to rest. And the tree became so excited and said come boy come and sit upon my stump. This story touched me as I wanted to be the type of person that could keep giving ang giving no matter what I got out of it. But untill I met Nan I had never met someone that actually had been successful in becoming the giving tree. Always putting other above themselves.
    I have been reading this story to my son every night for almost a week. It just reminds me of the great person that I want to be and the great person that Nan is. All of my love to Nan and Family.
    Pam, Dusty, Sheen and Bryce

  • At 6:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Thank you for the updates. I know Nan from GSI(GIST support). She is such a fighter and encourager. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. May God grant you an extra measure of His perfect peace during this trying time.


    Vicky Vorhauer

  • At 7:13 PM, Blogger Noemi said…

    Praise God he is good :)


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