Nan Mustard's Recovery

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

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

400 blogs, a great day at sea

Dear Land Lovers,
We are having a relaxing time and Nan is doing pretty well so far. She had a rough morning with some lingering nausea so she added a patch behind her ear and after a couple hours of sleep she felt better. We dressed her, loaded her into the wheel chair and went searching for adventure. We never found it but we did find the shops on board and she enjoyed looking at things and got a very cute little gift for Keanna that was 1/2 price. We avoided the art auction which in the past has been her undoing but of course no art this year. We went to lunch and Nan found a few things she could handle and enjoy. Then we ventured around for a bit more and finally went back to take a nap. I couldn't sleep much so found the library and a good book which I brought back to the room and sat on the balcony above the sea reading. Mary came and spent some time lying on the bed talking with Nan. Then we took the last of the TPN out of the cooler and to her room where we filled her frig so it is all safely in our 2 frigs now. I am just back to the internet cafe now after getting her ready for night, into her jammies, hooked to a new TPN for the night and when I left the room she was taking her meds and settling in for the night. We have avoided the formal dining room, Nan has some concerns about all the food smells and being able to handle it or lose things and embarrass herself so we eat at the Lido deck which has good food and is less formal and right over the ocean.

Our ship is going full steam ahead and we are many miles off the Cal. coast as we head down to the Mexican Rivera. Nan is enjoying herself and does not appear to be any worse for being on the ship vs being at home. I am having somewhat of a tough time relaxing when I am so use to a full schedule and racing here and there, taking calls, emails and seeing properties. Vacation, a strange concept really yet I am finding it renews my ties with Nan's heart, slows my heart rate and I am almost never hungry, good food everywhere one looks. Our ship is about 10 years old but is very clean, attractive and has comfortable beds, snug little rooms and a wonderful balcony to enjoy the sea air. We have our door open to the sea a lot for fresh air and the sound of the waves crashing against the ship as we speed along.
Tomorrow is Wednesday and so far we are doing well. This evening Nan wanted to see a funny guy do his act so we went and laughed a lot. It was great fun. Although it was formal night we did not dress up this time, just avoided the formal places and events but the ship was crawling with black tie and gowns. Most of the people on this cruise are older than we are with a few younger ones sprinkled in. The comedian played to the older group very well.
My friends we thank you for your faithful friendship over the past 10 months. We are yet on another adventure that I would never have even considered when we were in Boston and we are treasuring every minute of the time together.
To our family, Nikki, Steve, Keanna, Jason and Jo. thanks for the part you each played in helping us get to this trip. To our extended family, we miss the phone calls, Sharon, Dana, David, Jo and Linda, Irene, Jan and even mom althought she never can hear or understand what is being said. I miss my calls to Art and my brother Jerry and Pam. Yes Pam we are doing fine and have not had to use your history of Nan's GIST experience yet and hope not to have to but thanks for doing it.

Love to each and every one of you,

Tim and sleeping Nan


  • At 12:19 PM, Anonymous Bob & Carrol. said…

    Hi Sailors,

    I'm not sure if these words will get to You and if they do if there is a charge for each word, like "Text Messages" so Just very quickly , we are thinking of you and hop that Your Good time & comfort continues.

    Love & Prayers,

    Bob & Carrol.

  • At 12:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Tim and Nan:

    We are so happy that everything is going well and you are having a good time. Glad that Mary is with you too to keep company and help out. If too expensive to read e-mail, etc. on the ship, consider internet cafes in Mexico, just buy coffee, tea and you can use their internet free. Also, most hotels have internet in the lobby and it is free, that's how we were able to keep in touch while there last week.

    We'll keep you in our prayers - you may also want to say a prayer for Art, he is dealing with the same situation and there seems not to be and end to it, it is affecting me now too.

    Continue to enjoy the time off from work.


  • At 4:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I'm used to talking to you once or twice each day so now I find myself talking out loud to you, you just don't answer me back! Guess that is a good thing!
    Enjoy every minute and soak in the views. Keep us posted. Hello to Mary for me.
    Love you much


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