Nan Mustard's Recovery

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

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

7 days and counting

Dear Family and Friends,
Its 10:15, Nan is falling asleep waiting for me to help her do the dressing for her incision wound. A CSI rerun is on but she is not really watching it. Earlier this evening we had a very nice surprise when Jason called to say he was on his way here. His work today took him to Oakhurst. When I heard he was there I asked him to take a photo for me of a house I could not find for an appraisal. He bought a throw away camera, Loree and Scott helped us find directions to the property and Jason found it, shot the photo and I have the camera already with the much needed photo. Jason spent the evening with his mom and finalized plans for a trip to Dallas / Fort Worth next week using the laptop and the new data card. Nan enjoyed talking to him and catching up with his busy life. He reported that Jo is starting to have a bit more tummy these days and is doing very well with her pregnacy.

I just walked Jason out to his car and he headed home, I came back to the room to blog and then I'll go home soon. Nan has had a low key day with nausea dominating. The nurses move from zophram to compozine to phenergen. All help for awhile but the nausea keeps coming back. We have a very sweet and good nurse this evening with a big heart for patients. Her name is Christine and she is really good.

We have seen kidney and infectious doctors today. They are watching white cells in her urine right now and if there are too many then they are going to go back to a special antibiotic. I see no evidence that Nan is going to be released soon. I think they would look at things a lot different if she was not having nausea so much. I long for her to come home but I also agree with her that to go home before things are right would be a big mistake, remember UCSF.

I went to Stockton first today after writing 3 appraisals and getting them out. Jean, my writer had done a great job getting the basics done. I saw a cute house in Weston Ranch, then to the MLS office to pick up new access keys, then to Tracy for a construction inspection, then to the house for some quick work and then back to the hospital to spend quality time with Nan. She has been able to keep down the limited meals they bring but tonight when the nurse tried to mix the contents of two huge pills with applesause it was too much and Nan lost it. Not sure how we are going to get the important ingredients in those pills into Nan's system, they are huge and impossible for her to take.

Tomorrow I will be going to San Jose and Menlo Park, Oakland and then back here to the hospital.

Nan looks good and aside from the nausea her numbers and general health is pretty good. The creatins were around 3 today and with more hydration the numbers would be less I think.

I read the CT scan radiology report today for the past three scans and mostly could not understand what is being said. I think the report was saying that not much has changed in the past 5 or 6 months. Now I will ship all three cd's to Boston to see what they think.

Please pray for our dear Nan this evening and tomorrow morning, pray for GI calm, for no more nausea and for healing and recovery. God can help and we are begging him to do so.

Thanks for the emails and cards, one from Carol and one from my sister Sibyl. Nan read them eagerly this evening and was touched by both.

So we sign off for another day,

love from room 316,

tim and nan
ps Jason, thanks for coming to visit! Hope your trip home was safe and quick.

5 Comments:

  • At 11:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Tim,

    Great news! To learn that the main problem is nausea is a real relief. There could be really big issues like facing more Creatins or other monsters. (Note: Check under the bed and the closet where the wild things sometimes are before you leave for home.)

    It sounds like Jo might soon be having sympathy nausea with Nan as her pregnacy continues to advance. Then they could get together and comiserate you know that misery loves company thing. She will have to hurry though because Nan is getting well quickly and will be over this problem soon. Go Jo, Go Jo, Go!

    Nan is right a little more time will do the trick. I pray for the healing requested and the patience and peace needed to hear it.

    Wes

     
  • At 4:14 AM, Anonymous roger and carol said…

    Good Morning!

    So sorry about the ups and downs. We pray that soon there will be more ups than downs. I cannot think of anything much worse than constant nausea. What a yucky feeling!

    I'm still busy trying to get caught up from being away. Yesterday I helped my friend, Betty, finish taking the wallpaper off of one wall. What a job! I've never tried to remove such stubborn wallpaper before and we used a steamer. I'm off to the "Y" in a few minutes then back to catch up on the pile of towels in my laundry room.

    Do have a good day today ~ both of you! Hang in there and have a non nauseous day.

    Continued Love and Prayers ~
    Carol

     
  • At 4:15 AM, Anonymous roger and carol said…

    Good Morning!

    So sorry about the ups and downs. We pray that soon there will be more ups than downs. I cannot think of anything much worse than constant nausea. What a yucky feeling!

    I'm still busy trying to get caught up from being away. Yesterday I helped my friend, Betty, finish taking the wallpaper off of one wall. What a job! I've never tried to remove such stubborn wallpaper before and we used a steamer. I'm off to the "Y" in a few minutes then back to catch up on the pile of towels in my laundry room.

    Do have a good day today ~ both of you! Hang in there and have a non nauseous day.

    Continued Love and Prayers ~
    Carol

     
  • At 3:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hey Nan and Tim
    Tell the nurse to try crushing the pills and taking it with pudding, applesauce, yogurt anything that will make it easier to take. Hope that helps.
    Amy

     
  • At 6:24 PM, Anonymous Bob & Carrol said…

    Hi Tim & Nan,

    We are back from a long day at the Chemo Clinic, Carrols Infusion of Aridia went fine but slowly ,as usual. Her blood counts say that She will need to have the Procrit shot every 2 weeks again, but still no Chemo for at least this coming month till readings of lab work on Her Cancer Activity next month 19th. The Procrit does wonders for the Blood Counts, We are thankful that it is given at theChemo Center so it is completly covered by MediCare. Dr is pleased with Carrol's Progress.

    Nan, We will continue to Pray that that pesky Nausea will run it's course and leave You alone. You have put up with that long enough.

    We talked with Carol & Roger's Friends the Untersayers at the Clinic today, Sadly Hildi's Cancer numbers have come back up to where they have ordered Her back on Chemo every week for 4 weeks to see if they can slow things down. She is so weak and can hardly walk across the room without stoping to catch Her Breath. What She has is very rare and very agressive when it comes back. She needs Our Prayers, Cal is taking such good care of Her & Her Spirit is good and We are told that is so very important. Dr says Carrol has what it takes to fight this Cancer stuff, I still wish there was a Magic Pill.

    Love & Prayers,

    Bob & Carrol.

     

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