Nan Mustard's Recovery

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

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Another day in paradise or not...

Dear Ones,

Nan is ready to go up having had a pretty good day. She mentioned this evening that her hip pain is almost gone and that she can move about more easily. High points today were the wound care nurse, Julie putting a new incision dressing on, Nan searching and finally finding her Pug Christmas cards she purchased years ago, Nan in the kitchen making some pastry shells and light gravy with peas, a family favorite, it was so very good, Nan laughing on the phone with jan from Colorado, Nan in the office digging through papers and following up on bills paid, Nan completing an online application for disability which tooks hours of constant answering questions. So for a lady who is recovering this was a very big day of accomplishment.

Of interest is the following, we seem to be getting much more fluid in the ilistomy bag which she has had for about 4 years and much less leaking through the incision. However the fluid in both collection bags has a very bad smell and does not even come close to being normal urine which we see from the nephrostomy bags. UCSF, Stephen, called and set up a CT scan for thursday at 1 pm. While having a scan always fills me with dread of the findings we still need the scans to know what is going on GIST wise. We will leave about 11 on thursday for the drive and parking before going to hospital for the scans, then on to Palo Alto to do an appraisal and then back home.

The nights have turned cold here and since we have not yet turned on our furnace for the year the wood stove has become quite important. We keep our bedroom just above freezing but seem to both sleep better that way. It is so very special to wake during the night and hear Nan quietly breathing and see her chest go up and down. Starr stands guard keeping her warm by snuggling under the covers along side her. What a faithful dog she is and what a pest she is sometimes too.

It seems we have turned another corner in Nan's condition, she is feeling better than a week ago and the fever seems to be doing better also. The fact that the hip pain is less makes a great difference in her ability to move freely about.

Well thats it for today. I got a lot done, I am beginning to be concerned about friday payroll but its several days away yet. Only 1 check in the mail in two days but we are glad for that one check. Beats none.

Please keep Nan in your prayers, thanking God for less pain and seeking His healing and strength for recovery. We need His help is so many ways.

Keep warm, keep happy, keep positive and keep praying.


tim and nan


  • At 10:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hi to both of you,
    So what is this thing with green olives! Glad to hear that Nan is up and about so much.
    An answer to the question about the high pulse rate. When there are not a lot of red blood cells/ lower hemoglobin, the heart has to send them around faster to get the oxygen to the rest of the body. Will you be able to see any of your other MD's while at the hospital for the scan? Here's hoping for good results there.

  • At 9:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hello Nan and Tim,

    It is so good to hear that Nan is feeling so much better and cooking and getting around.

    I agree, it is easier to sleep in a cool/cold room. Lots of good covers to cuddle under.

    I wish you the best on the CT scans for the GIST and perhaps they can also tell you about the foul smelling leaks and urine.

    The antibiotic must be helping Nan to feel better.

    Your meals sound so good, I wish I could share them with you. I am not much of a cook it seems.

    I will be thinking of you as you receive your test results.

    Stay well and happy.

    Sue Muse

  • At 2:11 PM, Anonymous roger and carol said…

    What a productive day you had! I'm glad you got that SS paperwork finished. That was quite a job! Now for the waiting game. You might even be able to bypass the lawyers. Your medical history speaks for its self.

    I hope your trip to UCSF brings some answers and some good news.

    Yesterday I prayed for the Lord to send us renters for the winter months. He sent 3 in one day! How's that for a quick reply? We are filling up for the winter with people who are in transition. I like these ~ no laundry to do, no cottages to clean and usually they are very self sufficient. It's good to have people in them during the winter to keep them warm and pipes from freezing. I do have a question about one though..... Time will tell.

    Continue to have those good days with less pain and nausea.

    Love and Prayers ~ Carol

  • At 4:15 PM, Anonymous Bob & Carrol said…

    Hi Mustards,

    So glad that the Pain issue is taking a turn for the better. Now the "Leak".

    We pray for a good scan result and safe drive to UCSF & Parking too.

    Without doubt Your application for Disability should be approved Nan, but as you well know the wheels of Government turn slowly some times.

    We are enjoying the nippy weather, Our furnace is working full time and it feels good especially with the Medical Discount Sign on Our PG&E Meter.Makes a big $ savings when the bill arrives.

    Let Us all know how the Scan appointment goes.We will be thinking of You tomorrow.

    Carrol is doing quite well and enjoying not having to endure those Chemo Pills this month. We Pray that everything holds well and She will be able to stay of of Chemo for many more weeks to come.

    Love, Prayers & Good thoughts to You Both.

    Bob & Carrol.


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