Nan Mustard's Recovery

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

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

A very good day!

Hi Friends,
Nan is heading to lala land now. She has had a very big day today. On this day she walked 3 times, sat in the chair 4 times for a total of about 2 hours up and made her first phone call reaching Nikki just after she left work this afternoon. Her fingers are gradually growing stronger so she can push the buttons. This afternoon Dr. Greenberg came by while Nan was sleeping to tell me several rather important things. 1) She considers the bleeding GI to have a scab at this point since Nan has not had to have blood for 3 days and has held her hematocrit at 33. She said if Nan was losing blood she would not have held her hematocrit. 2) Nan will be leaving ICU tomorrow morning for a regular room of the dr's choosing. She does not want to her to go just to any ward, she has one in mind that she things will be most helpful in meeting Nan's special needs. 3) Nan is to receive a special barium throat examine which will determine whether she is swallowing correctly or not. If she is then Nan can begin on liquids but very carefully at first since the Dr. does not want anything to dislodge the scab in her GI. 4) She says Nan has made remarkable progress and will rest better in a regular room without the constant 24 hour bustle of the ICU.
We will miss the ICU and its wonderful nurses. This place is manned by angels in scrubs. We have been in a place where caring people saved Nan's life again and again. We will never forget and we thank them from the bottom of our hearts.
So tomorrow we move forward, forward toward the door of the plane coming home. Forward to more healing.
Dana, Nan's sister, has arrived in Rhode Island and Marilyn will drive her up in the morning. I will move back into a hotel room tomorrow. I found out why no rooms tonight, the Mets are in town and no one has any rooms available. Loren, Nan's nurse today, started the process of finding me a cot this morning knowing that it might take a while. About noon a cot showed up and now I'm going to take that wonderful precious cot and roll it to the waiting room here near ICU and settle in for the night. ICU will supply a pillow and blankets and I'm set. God does provide. Several people have responded that they knew of places I could stay tonight here in Boston and I appreciate that very much but without a car and not knowing the city it is better for me to stick close to Nan. Thanks for your kindness friends.
I have been told that people need the address of the hospital. It is Brigham and Womans Hospital, 75 Francis Street, Boston, MA o2115. I have also been asked to supply the address of the church in Tracy where donations can be made. So here goes: Tracy SDA Church, 2025 Holly Drive, Tracy, CA 95376 or Bob Miller, Treasurer of the Tracy SDA Church, 161 Ramona Way, Tracy, CA 95376.
Nan and I want to thank you so much for your specific praying for Nan's bleeding GI. At this point it appears that God has once again helped Nan stop bleeding. Thank you so much Lord and thank you friends and family for being prayer warriors.

Good night and God bless
tim and nan

ps Rick has extensive surgery in the morning and needs our prayers, also our friend Judy in Tracy needs our prayers.


  • At 7:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Good News tonight, Tim! First of all it sounds like Nan is getting stronger. She can dial her own phone! I know Nan values her independence. This is one step forward. If Nan has done ok in ICU with all the hustle and bustle perhaps she would be ok in a semi private room after all. That would save you $70 per day. Secondly, I'm glad you have a place to sleep tonight Tim. Sleep well on your little cot and look forward to moving back into your room tomorrow night. I do hope Nan sleeps well also.

    Thanks for sharing the daily blogs. It helps us all feel closer to you and Nan. Also, thanks for the hospital address. Cards are tangible expressions of our love.

    Love you ~ Roger and Carol

  • At 8:56 PM, Anonymous Marilyn in Lincoln said…

    Good evening Nan and Tim,

    Nan, you are getting better when you begin to show your independence! That's a good sign. What good news today and you will be out of ICU tomorrow. I will pray that your throat will allow you to swallow your precious warm tea soon.

    Tim, have a good sleep on your little cot - those people are so good to you guys!!! Keep your courage up. The sun will come up tomorrow bringing with it another day of good things for you both.

    I sent card and check today - not much, but it will help a little and of course, I wish I could do more. I love getting these blog updates.

    More prayers, hugs and love,

  • At 10:09 PM, Anonymous Bob & Carrol said…

    Hi Tim & Nan,

    Praise & Joy! We rejoice in Your good news and Nan's progress is impressive.
    Nan, You are getting closer and closer to that Hot tea. Great to read that the blood issue is very nearly not an item any more. We are sure that more good things are coming Your way.

    Tim it sounds like Pine Crest Camp for You tonight , Cot (etc) All You need is a Pine scented car freshener hanging in the room.

    Sleep well and again We will talk in the morning.

    We are enjoying cool temps today high was 83 much better than the 100's that We have been enduring for the last 4 days.

    Love You,
    Bob & Carrol


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