Nan Mustard's Recovery

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

Friday, April 20, 2007

Friday evening

Dear Family and Friends,
Another week is winding down. Nan is resting in her recliner after taking her act on the road today. This afternoon we dressed her in jeans and sweat shirt, headed to Brentwood to have her hair washed and dryed, then on to see Dr. Melynk our beloved oncologist. He was very impressed with what he saw, no more red and swollen foot and leg, good blood numbers, weight is coming down, 4 lbs so far, he said no more than 1 lb a day a most. He was quite impressed with Nan's progress and wrote a letter explaining why we are bringing all the medical equipment on the ship and TPN. He hand wrote a beautiful letter in long hand, quite amazing really, beautiful letters and his signature is a work of art. He also signed a form for one of Nan's credit cards which has a policy for when you are disabled. They are no longer requiring a payment each month and no additional interest is being charged as well. He just shook his head when we discussed the cruise and made some comments about all the things Nan has pulled off since she developed GIST. He stands amazed at Nan and her courage. His lasix treatment is gradually pulling the fluid that has gone into her tissues back into the blood stream and then is cared for by the kidneys. He does not think she is dehydrated and did not think she needed a blood transfusion. I disagree but then I'm not the doctor. It just going to be very hard to find blood for a transfusion at sea.

I started my work day at 3:30 this morning and accomplished a great deal before leaving the house at 8 for Vallejo, a hour away. Then back to pick up meds, grab a vegeburger at Burger King, thanks Yvonne for letting me know they taste good and home to help Nan prepare for our afternoon out. When we got home Nan was ready to rest and I went to an appointment of a beautiful new home which is about 5,000 sf on a point lot with built in pool in rear deck, stone floors, double crown molding, huge kitchen with granite, built in frig, 6 burner gas range by Viking and everything else one could want. Nice place, probably worth about 2 million but I can only prove about 1.6 these days with the sales I have to use.

On the money front checks have come in nearly every day this week to the point that all the vital bills are covered, amex, house payment, payroll, IRS etc.

Now to bed, I'm so sleepy and tired and I know Nan is too. We are very thankful for God's leading this week, for the many messages of encouragement, for the prayers that continually ascend on Nans behalf. Thank God for Sabbath.

So good night from here, we send our love

tim and nan


  • At 11:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…


    Things are looking good. Way to go Nan amazing a doctor is great stuff. It is such a great help to your GIST and regular friends. Congratulations on your accomplishments.

    Some dreams do come true. Your dream of a cruise is and example of that kind of a dream. The kind that sometimes come true. We of course have another dream that always comes true. God's dream! It is always true. If you don't believe me just ask Him.

    Love and prayers for a restful and healthy Sabbath Day.


  • At 5:00 AM, Anonymous roger and carol said…

    Good Morning,

    Well Nan, it looks like you are going to pull it off and go on that cruise. I didn't think you could do it, but why should I ever doubt you when you make up your mind to do something. Now behave yourself for the next couple of days then go enjoy! You have an amazing doctor who is cooperative and encouraging.

    Have a good Sabbath. It looks like Bob and Carrol might be coming for a visit today. Tell them "hello" for us.

    Our new pastor is a real inspiration and a worker! My only concern is that he will burn himself out too quickly. Our church will have to take care of this man ~ good man.

    We plan to enjoy a quiet day today then off to FL tomorrow. Monday we get on our big ship. Ahhh ~ no telephone, no work, no cooking, no cleaning, no anything I don't want to do.... Enjoy your cruise and believe me ~ I'll be thinking about you all week....

    Take care of yourselves.

    Love and prayers ~ Carol

  • At 9:48 AM, Anonymous Bob & Carrol said…

    Hi Nan & Tim,

    Just a quick note to let You know that We will be over this afternoon about 2:00 or so for a brief Visit. I'm sure that You need all the time that is avaliable right to get things in order for the Cruise so We will not stay long but We do want to wish You a great trip & will be Praying that everything goes well for You the 12 days that you are at Sea.

    Is'nt this weather something else? cool & cloudy again this morning and they say rain is coming in this evening.

    We follow the Nascar Races and they are in Phoenix this weekend. The big race is this evening at 6:30 and the weather for Avondale(Phoenix) AZ. is forecast to be cloudy and cool with a 35% chance of rain & Thunder storms. We have been there for the races several times and it is usually so Hot that you nearly Fry in your Seats at the Track. What a Change this Year.

    Hope you had a good time at Sabbath School with the little one Tim. Stay safe and We will see You this afternoon if things go well.

    Hi to Carol & Roger, Don't eat too much on the Cruise and have a great time relaxing and taking it easy. Can Roger really do such a thing !

    Love You,

    Bob & Carrol.


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