Nan Mustard's Recovery

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

Saturday, August 12, 2006

We made it through the night, yea!

Dear Ones,

Its 7:30 and yes we made it through the night. Nan had several times of intense pain in her back. I found that we can cut her 2 mg Dilotud pills into 4 pieces which yields roughly 1/2 mg per piece. The nurse said she can let it disolve under her tongue so it won't upset her stomach. So that is what we did last night and we did make it.

Our plan for today is to enjoy relaxing around here, enjoy the lake views, the cool of the AC, check out the reef tank, hopefully see a few friends and family if they come over, see if we can find anything that Nan might be able to eat and see the visiting nurse again about 5 pm when she will watch me get another TPN bag ready for Nan.

It seem sort of unreal to actually be lying in our bed, it becomes very real when Nan gently moans with a shooting pain, we are blessed with a beautiful day with rising run over the lake, doggies are both on duty here on the bed ready for what happens next, Nan just asked them if they wanted to go to the park with me for a quick walk, they said yes. Now she is sending me out to the farms of Brentwood to locate white peaches. Seems she is hoping for smoothies with white peaches, sounds good to me too.

The visiting nurse has me counting ins and outs for Nan so we know if she is holding her liquids or not so we count everything in and everything out to see if they are in balance. I'm going to whip up some sheets on the computer for our use in keeping count, also show the pills we take during the day so no forgetting. If she puts out too much liquid then we will need to add liquid through the IV. Nan said that the TPN she signed for yesterday is $4,900 per bag. That really seems wild, we were told that in Boston it was $2,000 a bag.

Thank you for caring out Nan. This last year has been pretty frantic but when we stop to consider we can see God's hand in it all, almost nothing we would have chosen at all, but God has seen us through for which we are thankful.

Please continue to pray for Nan's stomach and GI so she can eat again, we would love to quit TPN when she can hold her own with food. We don't understand the pain but we certainly pray about it.

Nan is up to calls now, our home number is 925 634 4670 and if she is awake she will enjoy talking to you.


tim and nan, Starr and Lady


  • At 9:06 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Farmers daughter has gorgeous white peaches. You can buy them at the stand or pick them from the tree. Smoothies will be great on the back deck enjoying the lake and the warm and the breeze, with doggies at your feet. So good to hear Nan is back in her bed. Looks like a slightly larger version of Keanna when she was sleeping yesterday :). And with recent weight loss it is only slightly.
    My prayers are to stay with you. Praying that Nan continues to grow stronger and that the pains in her tummy and back go away.
    Love to you both always,
    Pam :)
    We will be at a memorial service for today. Casheena's 8th grade teacher has passed. Wonderful man devoted to his students and Casheena was very close with him. We think we will go horse riding afterwards. Make us feel better and give something towards the cowboy that became an 8th grade teacher.

  • At 9:20 AM, Anonymous Bob & Carrol said…

    Hi Mustards,

    We are so glad that You made it thru the 1st night home, now for many more!! I do wish that Carrol was still a Working Home Health Nurse I'm sure that She would help You take care of Nan with an extra measure of love and compassion. She, and all Nurses are very special people that the Lord uses to do His work here on this earth many times over.

    Have a relaxing and comforting Sabbath and We will talk later.

    Much Love,

    Bob & Carrol

  • At 12:45 PM, Anonymous roger and Carol said…

    Yea!!! A full night at home and some sleep too. This is good news. Tim you have become a full time nurse. Did you ever think you would be able to do this? Isn't it amazing what we can do when we have to?

    I do hope you will have a relaxing peaceful day today.

    You remain on our prayer list at church and in our daily prayers.

    Love and prayers ~ Carol

  • At 2:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    What a milestone! Sounds good. I can see you both on the deck and I can hear Starr! Am very thankful for today and for your being in your own home where you belong. Remember where you have been and what God has brought you through, relax and enjoy your time together.
    Nan, the cruise to Mexico sounds great, I'll think about it. You have got to save time for our trip to Branson. Will be fun.

    Love, Sharon

  • At 7:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Praise and thanks to our loving God of miracles as He continues to hold you in His loving hands.

    Love and Prayers,

    Phyllis Lytle, North Carolina


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