Nan Mustard's Recovery

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

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Sunday evening - still no blood

Dear Family and Friends,

Its about 8 pm and still 24 hours later they have still not located the correct blood for Nan. So she waits. Her endoscopy this morning was inconclusive showing only some inflamation and a possible hernia that the doctor says almost everyone gets. So tomorrow Nan will be once again subjected to a different test, this one involves barium being swallowed and traced through the upper GI and then through the small intestine. Nan has been able to eat watermelon, pineapple, grapes, strawberries, cantelope and sherbert. The Cream of Wheat of not eatible after all, too grainy for Nan's tastes. For lunch she had a grilled cheese with tomato slices on sourdough bread. She has had many herbal teas, milk, Fiji water and ice chips. She has not gotten sick again and other than being sort of sleepy from the meds that were given this morning for the procedure she is doing well.

Jason and Jo came to visit this afternoon. Jo was on her way back to summer school at Pacific Union College near Saint Helena and Jason drove back to their home near Monterey Bay. We loved seeing them and they brought a lovely pillow cover with beaded edges from South Africa for Nan in a gift bag. Our kids treat us so nicely and we love them so very much.

I'm heading out soon to do some work at home before I get back into the field tomorrow to do some serious work. It will seen strange to have Nan having tests here at the hospital and I will be away working. Mid day I can come back from Oakland and check on her for a few hours. God has been good to us and given us some new orders which will generate some income over the next month or so. It will be needed for sure.

Sometimes it seems like we will never get to be normal again, it is getting to be very scary to consider having Nan home with just me caring for her and of course I won't be there all the time which means she will be alone for hours at a time. Perhaps as time passes and she begins to recover her strength it will be less concerning but right now it is worrisome to me.

Nan has appreciated the phone calls and if you call and don't get her she is sleeping and has buried the phone. We are told that tomorrows tests will not involve any sedatives just drinking lovely barium, yuk.

We hope and pray that they will be able to locate blood for Nan's transfusion soon. Her hematocrit is now 22 and her hemoglobin is about 8 so its time. At Boston Amy tried to maintain her blood at 30 and she did much better at that level, perhaps in time Nan's body will recover to the point that she will be able to hold her red cells and generate enough new ones.

I personally will feel better when we can get some more weight on her body, 99 is too low. I think with proper diet, smoothies that her weight will come up rapidly, I certainly hope so.

Tonight we seek your prayers for Nan's recovery, that blood will be located for her transfusion, that tomorrows tests will locate any problem that we need to know about and that she can be released soon. Starr, Lady and I miss her lots.

I want to thank my children for making time to visit their mother, when they walk in she lights up with appreciation and joy. We really enjoy time spent with these talented young people. We are so thankful that we are on this side of the country though we miss the talented and dedicated people of the Brigham and Womens and Dana Farber.

We send our love,

tim and nan


  • At 8:04 AM, Blogger Gerry & Barb said…

    Hi Tim & Nan, I am going to try this blog again and see if it will take my message to you. It keeps telling me it does not know me even though I sent messages before. Well, Nan, if only I could give you some of my pounds I would be thrilled and you would be stronger. Lets hope they find some blood for you today. I make a smoothie for breakfast and was wishing I could be making it for you. I'm going for my walk, it's a perfect time with a nice breeze.
    Praying for you always. Love, Barbie


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