Nan Mustard's Recovery

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

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Tomorrow brings a new surgery at UCSF

Dear Friends and Family,

9:30 and feeling under the weather. Nan has had a rest up day, has had her bouts with nausea and pain, has rested quite a bit and had guests this evening.

I inspected homes in Oakland, Richmond and Tracy and enjoyed learning how to make one of my Christmas presents work, a GPS system which can move from car to car. It did a good job of directing me from a Richmond address to a Tracy address out in the country, only a couple times did it get confused but for the most part it verbally told me when to turn, which way and got me right to the address. Pretty amazing and will be lots of help in the future for those hard to find properties.

This evening Pam brought dinner items including pie, yummy. Nikki and Keanna came and prepared dinner for themselves and Keanna played with Pam, Grammy and Papa. She is not shy about her ideas of the story line and you'd better play along. She loves to catch up with the kitties and fight off Starr and Lady from stealing her food. Nikki was not terribly happy about having to go back to work, who would be, she is up at 5:30 in the morning and she does it faithfully every day without complaining. They all came to wish Nan good luck for tomorrow.

We plan to leave between 6:30 and 7 in the morning to fight our way through traffic to the hospital. We need to be in admissions by about 9:15 to be up and ready for a 10 am surgery. This time we hope they are able to do it closer to the 10 instead of 3 hours later. They are asking Nan to stay the night and I'll probably drive home and then back the next morning. I've not been feeling well today, very stuffy head, just feel poorly with no energy and some head ache. Hope to be better tomorrow. Was supposed to see my doctor but had to move appointment since Nan's surgery day was changed.

The garage smells so good due to the new wood used in making the shelves. Everyone thinks they are great especially Loree who has to pull boxes and put them away on the shelves. What a blessing to be able to work with the data now. I had intended to purchase firewood tonight but was too tired when I got home from Tracy, just been sitting around and enjoying watching Keanna do her thing. Seems like all the noisy toys end up at our house, could that be a plan by her parents?

It was good to see Pam and she has promised to see her doctor tomorrow. She needs to get herself fixed up and feeling better. Her school is about to start again.

Tomorrow at 10 am Dr. Bloom with assistants will remove Nan's nephrostomy tubes, then using the opening in her back and kidney go into the illilal loop and remove the balloons from Nan's ureters and put in surgical glue to close them up. We can hope that doing so will stop the leaking and begin to heal the terrible nausea Nan suffers with continually. This is all in God's hands and we will wait and see what happens next. The plan is for Nan to recover in short stay and then come home on friday morning. We will see. Remember the cell phones do not work in the hospital due to thick walls but you can leave messages on our cells and we will get them later.

I'm not sure if I can blog tomorrow night or night. I'll try, we'll see.

These are trying days for Nan and for me. Day after day holds no happiness for Nan other then when Nikki and Keanna come to call or someone calls her. She is down all of the time with pain, nausea, suffering. We really need God to help us with his peace, His joy, His healing, His hope.

Thank you for your love and concern. Please pray in a mighty way tomorrow for Nan's healing and for God's guidance over Dr. Bloom and his team. Nan needs a break, a big one. She has been in the suffering wilderness long enough, she needs some light and hope.

with our love

tim and nan


  • At 10:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Dear Tim,

    I wish you and Nan safe and timely travel tomorrow. I will make a specical point of praying during the morning for a successful surgery. It is an exciting prospect to hear that there may be some relief in site for the worrisome drainage is that Nan has been experiencing and two less obtrusive tubes most really be considered a positive improvement. I hope that congratulations on a sucessful surgery will soon be needed.

    Prays and best wishes,


  • At 10:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…


    Each day seems the same when viewed through the windows of pain. It seems as if nothing else is happening, this is not the case however for each day is another day to rejoice in God's love and the love of your family and friends. We so want to help. It seems that there is nothing that we can do, this is not the case either for each day we could rejoice in God's love and the love our families and friends, especially you Nan.

    Please accept the flowers of faith that I am sending you via this email and put them the container of hope that is included. Then add living water from the overflowing cup that is already in your possession!

    May the smell of these flowers remind you during the day that something good is happening today!


  • At 2:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I woke up at 4:00 AM, Texas time, and began my prayer for you. Today is a very busy, stressful, and unsure day for you both. I have placed you in God's hands and prayed for Dr. Bloom and team. Now I will let go and let God. I think I have left you in pretty good Hands. Know that I love you and will wait for word from you. You go Girl!
    Love you much, Sharon

  • At 4:49 AM, Anonymous roger and carol said…

    Let me add my best wishes along with the others this a.m. Prayers for your day began early this a.m. from those of us who live in other time zones. May you be a peace knowing God is in control. He will guide the surgeons with wisdom and skill. Know you are loved by God and so many of us who have been faithfully remembering you in prayer for these past 7 months.

    Tim, I'm sorry you don't feel well. It sounds like that CA stuff we brought home with us. I'm glad you didn't get it sooner ~ I'd be afraid we gave it to you. There seems to be a lot of it going around nation wide. Take care of yourself!!! Rest while you wait today. I know ~ you are more apt to pace than rest. Especially rest in God's arms today and be at peace.

    We love you both and will keep you in our thoughts today. Please DO blog today.... we need to hear how the surgery went.

    Love and continued prayers ~ Carol

  • At 8:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Tim and Nan, you are both in my thoughts today (as you are every day!) There's nothing I can say that someone else hasn't said very eloquently, but I add my name to that list of those who wish you all the best, and hope for success on this day. Wishing you peace and love...
    Tim's old friend....Judy (Cate)

  • At 9:23 AM, Blogger Barbara said…

    Please know that I love you Nan, and am continually praying for you.
    Barbara in Houston

  • At 11:18 AM, Anonymous Bob & Carrol said…

    Hi Mustards,

    We echo all the thoughts expressed by the "Blogers" this morning. So many good thoughts & prayers are being offered up for Nan.

    May The Lord hold You up and bring good & lasting relief to Nan from all this Nausea & Pain that She so bravely endures every day.

    We will call later this evening, in tne mean time You have Our Cell Numbers so ring Us when you can too.

    Much Love,

    Bob & Carrol.


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