Nan Mustard's Recovery

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

Monday, October 16, 2006

Great news!!

Dear Friends and Family,
What a day this has been. Nan is resting and watching Wheel of Fortune as she reflects on the success of this day. As I mentioned before her nephrostomies were replaced with new ones and dye was introduced in an attempt to discover where the leaking was taking place. The Drs discovered two leaking points in her illilal loop, sorry for the poor spelling on this. They also discovered that the left uriter is blocked while the right uriter with the stent is allowing fluid to pass from the kidney into the illilal loop. Since the loop is leaking the goal is to try to stop the flow in the right uriter basically preventing the illilal loop from having any fluid in it at all. The kidneys will be drained by the nephrostomy tubes which are new and ready to go.

This evening a team of urologists came to the room and expressed how clear the pictures were from earlier in the day. They looked things over and left to return about 30 minutes later with a scope, wire, saline solution, drapes and set to work. They inserted the long black wand with the bright light on the end down Nan's urostomy searching for the stent. In a few minutes they found it, grasped it with the long wire and pulled it out. Now they hope that the right uriter will just close on its own preventing urine from making it to the illilal loop. So for the next couple days we watch the amount of fluid coming out of the wound. If it does not lessen then they will place a ballon or coil device in the right uriter in an attempt to clog it. So for now we are very grateful for the success of this day. Nan is feeling great, ate a part of a garden burger and had soup tonight along with hot tea. She is sore from the work that has been done to her but very relieved that a plan is being carried out to help her back onto the important road to recovery. We think she might be allowed to come home on Friday but of course we are not sure yet.

Let me tell you we are very very relieved and thankful tonight. God has chosen to help Nan once again and we feel good. Thank you each and every one for your calls and help today. This has turned out to be a very good day indeed.

This morning when I was thanking people I did a very dangerous thing, that is I left out someone very important, that is Barb and Gerry Lammerding, as you know they have helped us over and over again and we want them to know how much we do appreciate them.

I also want to thank Jason for coming to visit this afternoon. His visit was great and lifted our spirits a lot. Our kids are really special to us and we are so grateful for them every day.

Tonight please join us in thanking God for yet another special day. Do we face issues, sure do, will there be other hard days? Yes afraid so. Yet tonight we are rejoicing, right now Nan is talking to Keanna on the phone who having had her bath and is on her way to bed. Nan beams when she talks to Keanna and Nikki, fun stuff.

We send our love to each and every one of you. Thank you Barbara from Houston for your kind email. So prayer warriors, thanks again for your special prayers in Nan's behalf.

tim and nan


  • At 10:37 PM, Anonymous Marilyn said…

    Nan and Tim - Wow what a great day you've had. I am so thankful that they were able to find what the problem was and hopefully fix it. You are at the right place with the right people who are not afraid to think out of the box and try something that'll work!! Yeah!

    Barb called me at work today to give me an update and I just had to stop and have another little prayer for you!! Now I just read this latest blog with the good news. God is good!!!

    Kids are great - you're right - Jason is just full of surprises and this was a good one. They just turn on the lights and light up a room just when it's needed most. Go Jason!!!

    I'm headed to bed - sleep well!!
    Love, Marilyn

  • At 11:00 PM, Blogger Gerry & Barb said…

    Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!!!
    Such great news. We pray now that the leakage is stopped! Keanna: keep making your grammie happy! You are a little bundle of joy! And thank you, Tim for reminding us that we are your friends...I never doubted it but I guess it makes you feel better to put it in the blog...ha! A garden burger sounds soooo good. Does the food taste good and stay put, Nan? I hope you can continue to eat the things you like and hopefully you can switch from white bread to some good whole wheat! Dennis came over tonight and asked for your blog address so now he and Lyndi can read Nan's progress. Keep going forward Nanny Goat...We love you! Ger and Barbie

  • At 12:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hi Tim and Nan
    Glad for the good news- Remember that I said it was fixable. We may not know until heaven why the week of seemingly nothing happening in Concord. It is hard to just trust when God's time is not understood by us.
    I had left for the 2nd of the Christian women's retreats before you had the move. When Anne Fargusson came up with Ed on Sab afternoon she gave me the good news that you were in a new place. She and Ed had been at UCSF Monday - Thursday for yearly participation in ongoing research into the process that is challanging Anne. They kept track, hoping that you would get over to SF while they were still there so they could welcome and visit you.

    One of our committee menbers, for morning devotional shared an interviel with Patricia Raybon author of I Told the Mountain to Move. There was one section of the interview that brought your situation to mind The question was " Do prayer chains and groups promote this personal work of seeing the world as God sees it? The answer was Praying with others teaches us to love. We have to listen, wait our turn, offer compassion, withhold judgment. No wonder Jesus says in Matthew 18:20 that when 2 or 3 or us get together in his name, he'll be in our midst. But I think the Lord's pleased with these efforts. And what he wants most is to be glorified by his creation. People who understand that can pray powerfully together. Even if God delays his answer, waithing together is better than waiting alone.!"
    Even though those of us who join in prayer for both of you are not physically in the same room we are together in god's sight. I want you to know that even if we don't each check in with you often we are praying and you are not waiting alone for God to work.
    Part of 2 other answers paraphrased " Prayer is being in process before God. It's keep on asking, Keep on seeking. Keep on knocking. And our transformation is what glorifies God.
    Are you saying the outcome isn't improtant?
    What's more important is to surrender to God. The other things, He'll add them but in his way and in his time. This is trusting and paying attention. I've overlooked answers I wasn't expecting."

    Because or our limited perspective we are not able to see all the ways God is with you and working on your behalf but we still trust and wait with you.And some days like today we can see our prayers answered!


  • At 2:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    You both sounded so good this evening. Enjoyed Jason's conversation, too. Am looking forward to he and Jo coming to South Texas where they have the "White Room" waiting for them. Thank you, Lord, for all your dealings with us. Thank you for hearing and answering our prayers. We knew You would. Now, we need to rest and recover from this important series of events. Know that I am praying for all of you and love you dearly.
    Love, Sharon

  • At 4:23 AM, Anonymous roger and carol said…

    Good Morning Mustards!
    And what a good morning this is. "Great News" is right! I think God found you a team that is willing to figure out a difficult problem. Nan, you never did do anything the simple way. I know it has always been important to you to be a part of research in any way you could. As you have said, "It may not help me, but it might help someone in the future."
    I'm praying that it will help you this time also.

    Jason, you are a great son to your parents! I know they gain a lot of strength knowing you care about them as much as you do and are willing to change your plans (even miss graduation) to be there when they need you. What a blessing you are to them! Yesterday was one of those special days for you to come.

    We thank God for hearing our prayers yet again in Nan's behalf. May His healing hand be with you both today.

    Love and Prayers ~ Carol


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