Nan Mustard's Recovery

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

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Its a late one

Dear Ones,

This will be short. We are just home and its 1:45 am. The two units of blood took an amazing 10 hours this time. Thats the longest we have ever had to wait and endure. Nan is feeling good and has headed up to bed after a long and tiring day. From 8 on this morning we were on call to get her to the hospital. Mid morning they said they had found the blood and would be calling when we should go to the hospital. They called at 1:45 and we were at the hospital by 2:30 and in the room by 3. They horsed around and did not get any blood started until 5:30 and that was because Nan began to urge them to do something. They fed her roast beef at around 6:30 but discovered the blood was going in very slowly or not at all part of the time. A nurse came in demanding that Nan get an IV. Nan told her no, that she had a picc line and they should make it work. They were trying to put the blood in by gravity alone, not using the pump which they had standing there. Finally they decided to use the pump. By this time they had wasted about 3 hours into the first unit. Once the pump was working then they moved forward well and picked up speed. I finally laid down on the other bed in the room and I doubt they liked it but the chairs were impossible to sit in hour after hour. I did a cheetos run at about 11 for Nan. She is feeling pretty good now and just called to say she had sent the TPN bag down on the stair chair for me to prepare.

My head is reeling, the mail had some income today which is good and two letters from the IRS which are not so good. Combined they are demanding about $6,000 in penalties for tax issues from 2005. Fun, fun. Perhaps it is time to go to bed.

We are glad it is the sabbath and for a few hours we can relax and enjoy our home, each other and some peace. We hope to hear from our friends tomorrow but are not sure whether Keanna is going to Sabbath School or not, I forgot to check in with Nikki before it was to late in the evening.

Truely we have much to be thankful for, just to have blood available and insurance to pay for it and time to get to the hospital.

Sending love and appreciation to all of you for your continued prayers in Nan's behalf.

tim and nan


  • At 4:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    What a day! Am glad that it is behind you and that you can now relax a bit and think of nothing that doesn't lift your spirits. Just for today, let go and let God. Remember who is carrying you through this ordeal.
    I will go with Troy and Sandra to a wedding after church, therefore, I will not have a crowd for lunch today.(seems strange) I was off yesterday, thanks to Rick, and got alot done, sort of. Will call this afternoon and check on you. Remember that I love you both and pray for you constantly.
    Love, Sharon

  • At 10:48 AM, Anonymous Bob & Carrol said…

    Hi Tim & Nan,

    We are happy to read that You are back at home after a truly trying day. Medical things do get bogged down for the strangest reasons sometimes. Hope the New Blood does the trick for Nan and that Her Strength & Healing will continue to progress.

    Carrol is feeling much better now and looking forward to the break in Her Chemo treatment. We do hope & Pray that this is the right move and that it will show that Her Cancer activity level stays at the sleeping level that it seems to be in right now. (Her very confident that this is a good move.)

    My Root Canal appointment was not a "Fun" time to be sure , nearly 3 hours in the Dentist's Chair is not fun! But I'm glad to report that as of now I'm free of pain from that ugly tooth. 2 more weeks and The Dr. will close it if things stay at a pain free level.

    Carrol says that if She is feeling up to it and Nan is doing O.K. We might come over Sunday for a brief visit. We will call if things work out that way. (You do the same).Her Sister is going Home Sunday A.M. and Carrol will be missing Her company.

    Have a good Sabbath,

    Love & Prayers,

    Bob & Carrol.

  • At 1:08 PM, Anonymous roger and carol said…

    What an exhausting day! Nan has learned so much from her own experiences that they should listen to her in the first place. How many transfusions has she had by now? She certainly knows what works and what doesn't by now.

    I hope you are having a restful peaceful day. You need it after yesterday.

    We are still experiencing the beauties of the fall leaves which range in color from deep red, orange, yellow, brown and all shades in between. Then mix in a few evergreens and wow! We don't often get the deep reds that we have this year. What a sight! We drove over near Charlotte this morning and the scenery was magnificent. The leaves are gone in the high elevations, but from here south it is still beautiful. Nan, it sort of looks like my sofas ~ if you remember.

    I'm glad Carrol is feeling better. How nice that her sister can come when she has these chemo treatments. It sure helps divert the attention to have someone else around.

    Have an uneventful week! No leaking, no pain, no transfusions, no flat tires.... just good appraisals with checks coming in and good rest and healing.

    Love you both ~ Carol


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