Nan Mustard's Recovery

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

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Sunday evening gratitudes

Hello again,
After our frightening experience with the plugged breathing tube this evening it is nice to see Nan sleeping quietly. Her heart has been effected by the experience but the hope is that the irregularity in the heart beat will heal itself in a little while. Comments in the room after she was restored mentioned that she must have an angel watching over her. Without a doubt!!

I thought it might be good to recap some of God's blessings over the past few months. First off when she needed it most she was allowed into the IPI504 trial here at Dana Farber. When bowel blockages became a constant problem she was able to meet Dr. Bertognolli, a wonderful and gifted lady, a brilliant surgeon with magic fingers. Dr. Morgan, her trial doctor and Dr. Bertognolli were there when it was clear that surgery would be the answer to Nan having a better life. In spite of profuse bleeding the surgery was completed and successful in removing all tumors, something we had given up on and at least three other surgeons had refused to consider. When Nan was bleeding heavily after surgery prayers from around the country were lifted in her behalf and shortly after it began to slow and eventually stop. When Nan needed the best ICU team in the country she landed in it, filled with dedicated and skilled professionals who have seen it all. When her left leg artery failed in a blod clot a surgeon was available, Dr. Menard, an endovascular surgeon, who took her back to the operating room and did a bypass from the other leg and in minutes blood flowed through the dying leg saving it. When many questioned whether Nan could take a return trip to the OR to be closed up she did well and responded with the fever going away by the next morning. Time after time God has prevailed over the obstacles facing Nan. This evening her overall condition is much improved over that of a week ago. Yes challenges remain, serious life threatening ones yet there is evidence that God is on duty and using skilled medical people is gently moving her to recovery.

We feel strongly that we are not here by accident and our hope is that God and his love will be lifted up as He works daily miracles in Nan. What of the future? I keep wondering, it seems where God has invested so much He certainly has a plan whereby we can be of assistance to Him in the future. Tonight I just want to thank God, to praise Him and to give Him the glory he deserves for caring enough to touch Nan's life over and over again.

We request your prayers for her heart, her kidneys, her liver and for her peace of mind.


tim speaking for the family


  • At 7:09 PM, Anonymous Barenchi's said…

    Hey Tim and family! This is Ryan, Ron and Phyllis Barenchi and we wanted you to know that we are praying for Nan's strength as well as for yours and the rest of your family. Please continue to keep us updated.

  • At 8:48 PM, Anonymous Bob & Carrol said…

    Hi Tim & Nan,

    Praise the Lord for the timley intervention on Our Dear Nan's behalf. So gald to hear that the crisis is past for now and She is resting.
    Also glad to hear that help is on the way in the form of "Skin & Bones" to talk to and comfort You. How good it is to have a network of friends. Those of Us who can not be there with You will continue to lift You both up in Prayer.

    May God Bless & Heal You both.

    Much love always,
    Bob & Carrol


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