Nan Mustard's Recovery

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

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Winding down

Dear Friends,
We are winding it down now after a pretty good day. As I have mentioned Nan asked to walk this morning and did a great job at it, she has sat in her chair twice today and has slept many hours in spite of her saying she has not slept much. We are witnesses to her slumber. She has spoken to several people on the phone today, opened some very nice cards from well wishers, read each one and smiled. She has watched as three times during the day the caf. cart comes by and food trays go to other rooms. Soon, perhaps monday, she will pass the swallowing test and be able to first drink and then have some food as well. She is really ready for that day. Nan remains very weak in spite of being up some and has very weak arm strength at this point. She trys so hard to lift her own weight and move her legs like she is told to but this is a long time process, progress is not overnight.
I have taken some short walks today doing minor exploring and enjoying the sunshine, breezes and great weather. Dana has also explored some, got in a nap, found food and been a great moral comfort to Nan. We are here if she needs anything beyond what the nurses need to do. Our care level has been very high so far and we enjoy the space in this double room for now.
The food that Nan is getting directly into her stomach has 1,200 calories per can and she is getting 20 CCs per hour of it. Last night it became too much and the nurse turned it off for the night. So far so good tonight. Nan is hoping she can sleep tonight, otherwise the nights get really long for her. She can now make her TV remote work, the buttons are tiny and hard to push but she has managed it finally. Her finger strength is getting better by the day
Nan has signaled that she is ready to try to go to sleep now so we are leaving. What a difference from the time when she did not even know we were there or not. So progress come in daily pieces and we are thankful for all of them.
Please pray for a quiet and peaceful night for Nan. Thank you for your wonderful support. I will be traveling to home on the 4th and come back on the 7th in the evening. That way I can take care of things at the office and in the field and still get back here to watch over Nan. This trip has been provided by a dear friend and Nan and I want to express our appreciation for the generosity.
With love,

tim and nan and dana


  • At 6:43 PM, Anonymous Bob & Carrol said…

    Good evening room # 38,

    Thank You Tim for the detailed up date and as You request We will pray for a restful night of sleep for Nan. She should be gaining strength from the calories that are going in to Her. When She can finally swallow some food on Her own that will be a milestone, soon to come, We hope.

    Tell Us again Tim , how far away is Your Room from the Hospital? We pray for Your safety in walking on the streets at night.

    The Morning will bring more good news. We are looking forward to reading about it.

    Have a good night of rest Tim, You & I will talk in the Morning.

    Love You,

    Bob & Carrol

  • At 5:15 AM, Blogger Jane Oberg said…

    Hi Tim - What a wonderful way to communicate Nan's recovery. You and Nan have been in my prayers daily. It sounds like she is making progress. How wonderful she has you there with her while she travels this path with wonderful friends to cheer her on.

    Looking forward to more encouraging news about Nan. My thoughts and prayers are with you both.



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