Nan Mustard's Recovery

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

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Whirlwind Dana is home in Houston

Evening update: Dana arrives in Houston Hobby airport 9:45 tired but glad to be able to see her family. Nan and I drove her to Sac. airport, left at 11:30 and arrived 1.5 hours later. She sailed through security and had time to chill. She was flying on a special pass since her son Tim works for the airline so the trip is basically free but she flys essentially standby. Plenty of seats to Arizona and then on to Houston.

By the time we got home Nan was very much in pain and ready for a rest. She slept for several hours with only minor dog interuptions. I got back from Brentwood around 6 and she came down for the evening.

I started early this morning and completed a relocation appraisal and got it shipped out. It always feels good to get one completed and on its way, plus the fee is $500 which sort of helps ease the pain of preparing the report. 6 pages of report, 6 pages of photos plus comp photos, lots of facts and figures to consider. A relo report is basically this, John Smith is offered a promotion if he will move to Austin Texas. Problem is he owns a house in Antioch. His company wants him to move him so badly that they offer to buy his home in Antioch for a fair price so he can buy a new one in Austin. the relo company hires two appraisers who have no communication with each other, can't even be at the house at the same time and each prepares a report coming up with a price for the house which would allow it to sell in less than 120 days. Well in this market that means slashing the price to attract buyers. So we never deliver good news in a bad market. If our two values are more than 10% apart they hire a third appraiser to prepare another report.

Nan will have a rest day tomorrow after her big outing today. Mary might come by to visit and of course she loves those phone calls. Today we arranged for the CT scan to be mailed to Dana Farber Cancer Center in Boston for their reading of it. We also arranged with UCSF for Nan's surgery which is now on thursday, not friday as they previously told us, at 10 am. Nan will spend the night and come home friday morning. Evidently this procedure is going to take longer than the balloons did, medical glue in the ureters. The leaking continues and we change the dressing and keep hoping and praying that the amount of fluid will decrease. We talked to the oncology team and have new nausea meds coming soon, going to try something different.

Our hearts were saddened as Dana walked into the terminal. She has been a great blessing and we are so happy that as of September she was able to kick smoking and has made it to now. We are so happy for her and proud of her. I think I have several lbs to thank her for, good food and plenty of it, southern cooking all the way. Thank you Dana for the selfless gift of your time and many talents, you have made a big difference in our lives.

Well its 10:20 and time to rest. I especially appreciated hearing back from people today and we are glad that Barb and Gerry are home from their latest trip to southern california. We can't wait to hear all about it.

Please pray that God will solve the nausea. It has turned out to be Nan's biggest enemy and is a constant companion during all of her waking hours. it is getting worse and we need help.

So we send our love to each of you thanking you in advance for your prayers for precious Nan.


tim and nan
ps Tom and John, the shelves are a winner, thanks so much!


  • At 10:39 PM, Anonymous roger and carol said…

    Good Morning!
    Since I've been sleeping most of the day the last 2 days I can't sleep tonight. Therefore I am up and checking your blog. I'm feeling much better tonight and hope to be back to work tomorrow. Lesley did the cottage laundry for me today. What a blessing she is!

    I know you will miss Dana. She's such a breath of fresh air which gives you a real boost! I hope you have a good rest tomorrow in preparation for your procedure on Thursday. Any luck on e-bay today for the nausea relief device? You are probably about ready to try anything to relieve the nausea. I can't imagine what constant nausea would be like.

    Rest well, my dear. Thursday will be here soon. Perhaps it will bring relief.

    Continued love and prayers ~ Carol

  • At 10:04 AM, Anonymous Bob & Carrol said…

    Hi Mustards,

    We are glad that Dana made it Home with no problems and that She was able to take the time to be a "Big Boost" for You & Nan during the Holiday Time.

    We both had a restless night for some reason or another right now I think I could go back to bed for a few hours. Tinight it's "Ambien" time, that will solve the sleep problem.

    Thursday We will be thinking of You and Praying for good results.

    If You are up to a visit We will try to get over Sabbath afternoon for a short one. We will call before We make the drive over to see how things are going.

    Have a good day,

    Love to You Both,

    Bob & Carrol.

  • At 11:55 AM, Blogger Gerry & Barb said…

    Hi Tim & Nan, Yes, we are home from our Palm Springs excursion. We had a great time on New Year's Eve and I even stayed awake until after 1 a.m. The Follies were a big, fun, evening. They gave us party hats and noise makers to use after the show to usher in the new year. We walked back to the motel and had fun on the streets with other people making noise. Our group from Lincoln Hills was a great bunch of people and our bus driver had a good time with us, too. We learned the names of a lot of new people.
    I read all the blogs we missed out on while we were away and am so sorry to hear that Nan's nausea is worse. We pray that the doctors can find something that will help that. And tomorrow we will be praying for the doctors to find the right spot(s) to stop the leaking. I'm sure it feels so good to not have that extra bag hooked on to you, Nan. That's one small step to improvement!
    Gerry and I are going to the exercise room 3 times a week, starting today -- Monday, Wednesday and Friday. We hope to improve the circulation in our legs, plus get rid of extra fat. What a struggle!
    What a good thing to hear that Dana has stopped smoking. And if you are reading this, Dana, Keep it up and let me say one more thank you --
    you didn't find any more kittens for the Mustards! ha!
    Oh, yes, those shelves!! We know it's a help to you, Tim, to have space for your boxes. Gerry says he needs to get down and move the freezer next.
    We love you, Nan, and are praying for good things to happen tomorrow when you have your surgery. We will be anxious to hear the results. Keep up your courage. Blessings to you both. Love, Barbie


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