Nan Mustard's Recovery

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

Saturday, July 15, 2006

On the move again, Nan escapes 7th floor

Dear Friends,
This has been a good day. Sharon has added a very nice touch with her loving actions and kind words. Sharon walked many blocks searching for gloves for Nan's cold hurting fingers without success but she came back with many other goodies, candy, reading glasses, Dr Pepper, a Harvard Medical School bag to hold every thing. Of course she did not plan to be out walking so she did the whole thing in sandles and her feet hurt tonight.
Nan has sat up for all three meals today. After lunch with the baked potato Nan slept well for several hours. Then she was up and walking again. During the afternoon I migrated down to locate a wheel chair with a tower, found a wide one and brought it to the room, by then she was ready to go. So Heather, our great nurse, unhooked the IV, I loaded the vacuum pump on the tower and we were off, Nan sat on a pillow and had one behind her. Sharon kept her covered to keep her warm and we headed down the hall, down the elevators and out the front door into the warm breezy afternoon. Nan enjoyed seeing the plants along the side of the hospital that Sharon had pointed out and just stopped and enjoyed the gentle breezes for awhile. Finally she started to get cold so we headed back. We then visited the Au Pan food place off the main lobby. She found a bagel which we had toasted, some cut up watermellow, apple struddle, peach ice tea and then headed back to the room. We stopped just inside the door and spread the food. Nan ate all the watermellon, half the bagel, drank the ice tea, then had a hot tea, took her meds and is now back in bed with a much deserved rest in mind. That means she has been up for several hours today in various chairs, she gets tired but she is pushing herself forward. Her hematocrit is dropping, yesterday it was 28, today it is 26 so I would not be suprised to see a unit of blood appear at some point. I am about to take Sharon back to her Victorian bed and breakfast where she can settle in for the night. All in all we have had a good day with phone calls from Keanna, Nikki, Jason, Lammerdings, Mary from travel, her sister in law Linda and others I can't remember.
I would like to ask that you direct your prayers to helping Nan's body do a slower job of processing food so she can gain more nutrition from it. She has a couple kinds of meds in her right now but so far we have not turned a corner on that issue. Her creatins are 1.9, her bun was 20 which is within correct range, her white count is good, red count is low, potassium is within normal range, truly every day things get better and better. She really enjoyed being up for the two hours in the wheel chair, first time she has left the 7th floor in 40 days and 40 nights. She was ready!
We are already planning ideas for tomorrow, perhaps I will go get take out from VinnyTs or something like that. Anything to get her enjoying eating again and to get nutrition in her.
We thank you for caring in so many ways. Have a blessed evening and keep asking God for his special blessings which He wants to shower you with. We have certainly felt some today.
we send our love

tim and nan and sharon

ps Sharon has been so good to Nan today, its amazing to watch!


  • At 8:48 PM, Anonymous Carol and Roger said…

    What a great day for Nan! Just to get out in the fresh air and know there is a world out there beyond 7th floor is good medicine. Everyday she is getting stronger and everyday she is healing a little more. If she keeps up at this rate she will be back home in CA before too many more days. 40 days and 40 nights is a long time in any one place.

    You remain on our church prayer list and many prayers go up in your behalf daily.

    Let me know what address to send the CD to. I have been hesitant to mail anything until I'm sure where you will be.

    Love and prayers,

    Roger and Carol

  • At 11:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Sounds like you had a great day. Glad your there Sharron. I wish I could have had some of that food it sounds like quiet a feast.
    Keep at it Nan and then you can go out to dinner at a real restraunt. :)


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