Nan Mustard's Recovery

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

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Ready to travel to UCSF

Dear Friends and Family,

We are making the last minute preparations before leaving for SF and our friends 1st level bedroom near the hospital. That will help us avoid the traffic in the morning which could make us late for the 10 am surgery appointment. This way we will be about 20 minutes from the hospital instead. Pam Whitted was an angel and arrived with food from the Spaghetti Factory for me and a willing hand to help Nan prepare for the hospital visit and surgery. Then she had to hit the road since Shannon, her daughter had arrived this afternoon and sort of wanted to see her mom. Thank you Pam for your help and for loading the dishwasher.

We have worked hard today, Nan has worked hard at not asking for anything so I can get work done and I have worked hard at sitting in the chair and working instead of bouncing up every other minute to check on something else. So as a result we have got lots of work emailed out to lenders, caught up, nope but much closer now than this morning. Terri, the visiting nurse came this morning, thats right on sunday to get blood work done before we leave tonight.

Nan has fielded lots of calls from friends and family today, if you only knew how much it helps to have calls from loved ones, just makes the hours wiz by. Thanks for remembering her today. I think we are both sort of looking forward to the outcome of the surgery tomorrow. We really hope it helps the nausea, the leaking and the healing. Nan is ready to get up and go but so far the nausea pretty well keeps her home and in the bed or the chair.

I will blog when I can tomorrow. I don't know the lay of the land in this new hospital we are going to, new for us that is, parnassius hospital of UCSF. I'll have the laptop and try to blog so you will know how things are progressing. Nan will be in her room by noon but will probably sleep for a few hours before welcoming calls. You can leave messages on my cell but I won't be able to answer it probably.

The plan is to arrive at the hospital about 9:30 to sign in, then the procedure is scheduled for 10. If its typical for interventional radiology they won't take long and then to the room and recovery for awhile. I've been working such long hours lately that not working is going to feel sort of strange to me for a change.

Our request is that you would ask God to control everything, the trip in, the night in a strange bed, the signing in, the actual procedures and the recovery. We seek to have Him close to us.

So for now we must sign off and prepare to travel.

Sending our love,
Tim and Nan


  • At 11:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…


    So glad to hear that you are in route to digs near the hospital. It is wonderful to have friends to help you and position Nan for the best possible success during Monday's procedure.

    I will pray extra hard, along with all who have had the pleasure of your friendship, for Nan's success!

    God bless,


  • At 8:03 AM, Anonymous roger and carol said…

    Hello again! We're back! We got home last night about 7:30 and crashed! It was a very long trip home. We checked out of our condo Sabbath a.m., went to church it Kapa'a and sat by the ocean and watched the kite surfers all afternoon. At 7:00 we had to return the rental car and we got off at 11:40 and flew to Phoenix. After a brief breakfast we flew on home arriving about 4:00 p.m. Somewhere along the way we lost a night's sleep, so we're sort of running on low today. All in all it was a restful vacation ~ except for the travel time.

    I've tried to read some of the blogs from the last week. It sounds like you were ready to go for surgery then canceled and on again for today. We will be remembering you both in our prayers today. Our prayer will be to find the problem, stop the leak and give Nan strength and courage to continue her fight against GIST.

    We hope to see you sometime next week! We will be at Cheryl's 12/24 - 31. Certainly we can have one day where we can get away. We look forward to seeing you again. Your pictures show you looking much better than you did in Boston!

    Continued love and prayers,


  • At 9:01 AM, Blogger Gerry & Barb said…

    Dear friends, Today we are praying for the doctors to find the exact place and fix Nan so she will be free of leaks and nausea; we pray that Nan will recover quickly and feel good again! Thanks for all the updates, Tim, and I know you will keep us informed along the way. I will keep checking the blog today. Love you both! Barbie

  • At 10:26 AM, Anonymous Bob & Carrol said…

    Hi Mustards,

    We are remembering Nan in Prayer at this very moment. The Lord will guide the Surgeons and Staff to a great result in solving Nan's problems. So good that You have a room close to the Hospital and friends so close for support.

    It was very cold here last night 27 degrees and more cold nights to come , they are saying.

    Looking forward to hearing good news from You on the blog or even sooner by the trusty cell phone.

    Good to read that Pedens will be here for a few days. We hope to see them too. Maybe We could all meet at the same time. Let Us know We are flexible.

    Love & Prayers,

    Bob & Carrol.


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