Nan Mustard's Recovery

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

Friday, February 23, 2007

2nd Friday night in the hospital

Dear Family and Friends,
It's 10:25, our friends Jim and Marti Edwards have just left after a delightful visit, Nan is settling in for a long winters nap and I am blogging to you dear one.
Nan is much better this evening. She received a unit of blood this evening, walked with the PT guy this afternoon, sat in the recliner for hours today and in general is doing well. At this moment she is distracting me with leg exercises, moving her feet back and forth to avoid blood clots. Her right foot is swollen some and it was more swollen after she walked. She had me rub her feet this evening with the magic lotion from Marilyn. If Marilyn only knew how much we appreciate that lotion, we use it every day and sometimes several times a day. It is the best we have ever found, smells good and seems to heal the feet. Nan absolutely loves it.

This evening when Nan thought she was about to get another bowl of muchroom soup she nearly cried, it has been the same almost every night for over a week. I went to the caf and found rice for her and fresh lemons. She has been missing lemons so she was delighted to have lemons which she eats with salt. I had a salad and the rest of the rice she did not finish. I've noticed that I need to bring her more and more bottles of water now as she is really getting serious about drinking again.

Nan has consulted with several doctors today and the tentative plan is for her to be here two more days and then released which would be sunday afternoon or evening. By then they can get TPN ordered for home delivery from Crescent. The doctors have told her they think she is doing much better overall. All systems are in balance but we are still facing challenges with falling potassium and magnessium. They plan to include fairly hefty amounts of potassium in the TPN for daily use.

Tomorrow we will enjoy spending the Sabbath day together. We have Bose speakers here to hook to the laptop so we can enjoy music. Nan is at a point that if someone wants to visit she is up to it now.

This evening our friends, the Edwards came to visit. Jim is a my doctor and life long friend from college days. We have spent time with them on a house boat in Shasta Lake and love to catch up on things when we get a chance. Marti came first and brought a plant and card, beautiful on both counts, then Jim came in and we sort of had a party together. They are precious people and work very hard locally caring for their patients.

Now its time for both Nan and me to go to sleep. I was able to schedule two appraisals today in the middle of the day and was able to spend time with Nan as well. We got a wonderful surprise from Loree, Nan has had a long time dream of growing tomatoes using a straw bale of hay. Well Loree found a bale of hay today and brought it to the house, Nan is so excited about getting the hay and can't wait to get the tomatoes started growing. Thanks Loree for everything.

We feel many of our prayers have been answered tonight and we thank you for remembering Nan in your prayers. Her heart rate has dropped to a more reasonable level, her creatines are much better and she feels good now. She has some shooting pains but with the proper use of pain meds she can live with them.

So good night or morning friend,

Thanks for your caring and for your help. A special thanks to Donna and Shawn Want for shipping us a new dish for Christian broadcasting. It has arrived but so far I've not had a minute to install it. Perhaps next week will be back to a bit more normal again. Thanks so much for the dish system, we can't wait to get it working and are so thrilled to have it.

love from room 316

tim and nan


  • At 11:35 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…


    But until then my heart will go on singing....Sounds like Nan's heart is singing now! Another prayer answered, one that more than God can see. We all can see this one and are encouraged.

    Question? Just what kind of tomatoes can you grow in a bale of hay? Horse 'maytores! Call me when you go to pickin um. I aint never et a horse maytore a for an I'd like to be a tryin um. Just how long has Nan been out of Texas anyway?

    FYI I think they have Potassium salt for those of us that can still have any salt at all. Tastes good on lemon's I hear. Could be a big hit with your beloved! Don't miss this BIG opportunity.

    Have a blessed Sabbath. I'll be a prayin about those vitamens.

  • At 11:47 PM, Anonymous Bob and Carrol said…

    What a wonderful blog tonight! It seems our many prayers are being answered and it is so good to hear that Nan is feeling good. When all the electrolytes get in balance it sure makes a difference in how she feels.

    I'm glad you got a dish for Christian Broadcasting. We need to find out about getting on too as it would be so nice for the times I can't get out to church. A couple of our friends have one and really enjoy most of the programming.

    I want to hear more of this growing tomatoes in a hay bale. That is a new one on me. I also want to know how to bake a potato the Roxanna way.

    I hope we can come visit tomorrow as we have missed seeing both of you. There is an Olive Garden in the area also which is always a draw for Bob.

    Have a happy Sabbath. Love and prayers,

    Carrol and Bob

  • At 3:45 AM, Anonymous roger and carol said…

    Happy Sabbath to you both!

    Good news today! We're so glad things are stabilizing for you and you can look forward to being home again with Tim and Star and your tomato growing hay bale. (Now that's an interesting concept.) Keep up that walking, girl. You have to keep moving. It keeps the body functioning and the muscles in tact. Of course you already know all this. We're proud of you for your determination and your courage. You have been through much (now that's an understatement!) God has been with you and seen you through.

    Take care, my friends. Have a blessed Sabbath.

    Love and prayers ~ Carol

  • At 6:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    It is early Sabbath Morning but I wanted to see how yesterday went- I was thinking that it would be good for you to hook up with PT while you were there and it is already done- That is great. They can be helpful with things to continue when you are at home again. Glad things are in balance again and you are feeling better. Look at your recovery like a car- going in for blood is like an oil channge- Once and a while the car needs one of those major maintenance things- Now that you have had your 30000 mile tune up you should be good to go for another 30 to 50 thousand miles before the next tune up! Happy Sabbath


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