Nan Mustard's Recovery

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

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Getting back to normal

Dear Ones,

Its TPN time, Nan is resting on the love seat trying to find a comfortable place to ease the pain of one of her nephrostomies. The visiting nurse changed both dressing/lock devices and one has burned ever since. Of course we cannot locate the cell number to reach her so Nan continues to hurt.

Barb and Gerry left our home with some very special clean places, like the kitchen gleams and it was so fun to create dinner tonight for Nan in such a clean kitchen. We had raviollis with sause, parmesian cheese, lima beans, green olives and delicious grape juice. Nan asked for seconds!! It really made my day.

We have been searching the house for papers that might have the nurses phone number but no luck. We have run out of places to look. Tomorrow morning we will call the hospital and track her down. Nan has been moving about today carrying her own bag of TPN. Unfortunately everything she drinks or eats goes straight through, sometimes in minutes so the next challenge is to find a way to slow down the colostomy / GI system.

The pain patch seems to be giving Nan some relief from pain and she no longer has the pain in her stomach every time she trys to eat something, so some progress there. She moves about fairly freely but has to be very careful not to fall. She is resting right now drifting in and out of sleep. George is exploring both of us, he just came and grabbed my arm while I was typing, cute kitty. This morning MooMoo came and went to sleep in Nan's arms while Starr was sleeping nearby and that lasted for a while. She likes her kitties.

I am getting more and more busy with work, we took lots of phone calls today and several orders came in. Not sure how I will be able to keep up with it all but today has been pretty good. It started with Nan having a mocha this morning and she kept it down. Had me make a second one. Then toast with peanut butter, choc milk. Later in the morning she headed up for a nap and slept several hours. Then she came down on her own and went through the mail.

Well the TPN is about to start beeping saying that a new bag is needed so I'd better get a bag from the little frig, add pepcid, add vitamins, connect the line and connect it to Nan's PICC line. I really believe it has helped her. Its a labor of love for me.

Well got to go, we were happy to hear from Pam Whitted today but her health is not perfect right now. We also heard from Nate who is having a tough time. They both need our prayers.
We send our love and appreciation for your prayers, calls and support. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Tomorrow I'm out for the middle of the day until late afternoon. The same day the same middle of the day to late afternoon. Hate to be gone but don't really have a choice.

Please pray that God's will will be done in our lives, that Nan will experience the healing power that only God can give.


tim and nan


  • At 9:55 PM, Blogger Gerry & Barb said…

    Hi Tim & Nan, How good it was to see you both and Nan looks so very nice with her new haircut. Perfect cut for her right now. Well, asking for seconds at dinner was a good thing. You are getting to be a good cook, Tim. We had an interesting tour of Treasure Island today. A few on the our had been there in 1939 during the World Fair and one of them was Gerry. He was 5 and only remembers going on a ride in the amusement park. We had lunch at a place where underprivileged kids are learning to cook, run a restaurant, or whatever interest they have in the food department. There are many other programs that are available for these kids also. The lunch was served very attractively presented and the food was good so they are certainly learning their trade. Afterwards I noticed our waiter's shoes -- covered thickly with mud! He'll really have to do something about that! We had a guide that got on our bus and told us many interesting stories about the area. The new Oakland-Bay bridge is coming along nicely and we had a very good view from the Island. What a monumental task in building this important bridge. No earthquakes today! S.F. is fun to visit but I'm always glad to get out of there with no mishaps! Nan, did you go out on the deck for some nice sunshine today? Drink some of your grape juice -- good for your blood. Don't be running any races just yet, but do walk! You are one trooper!!! Love, Barbie

  • At 8:17 AM, Anonymous Bob & Carrol said…

    Hi Tim & Nan,

    Sounds like progress is being made on several fronts for You both. We continue to pray for Nan to be relieved of the pain that She must endure.

    We are caught up on the mail etc from Our 5 day trip, The Fish Tank Service Man is coming today so the "little swimmers" will have a cleaner place to live too.

    What a treat this beautiful weather is, every day that We avoid the 100 degree mark is a pleasure.

    Drive safley today Tim, How is the "Bug" doing, hope it's running better now.

    Nice to read that You were able to enjoy a meal at the "Garden " I know how much Nan likes it there.

    Much Love & Prayers,

    Bob & Carrol.


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