Nan Mustard's Recovery

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

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Its sure nice to be home again.

Dear Ones,
Its sunday evening and we are winding it back. Nan slept in until about 1:30 today. Then she came down to enjoy a quiet afternoon in first her chair and then the couch. We decided together to try on our own to fix the leaking nephrostomy tube. It has leaked ever since the surgery took place. We found a stray wire that should not be in the threads and it was there. So we decided to move it into the interior of the tube. Well that seems to have solved the leaking problem and Nan is very pleased about that.

I tackled the huge stack of envelopes that have been stacking up for months, they are now mostly in the trash and I am amazed at how many medical bills there are, from thousands to a few dollars, wow its quite a stack. I tried to arrange the bills in a way that I can see in advance what needs to be paid. I spent hours sorting and throwing things away. Finally I reached the bottom of the stack, what a relief. Then Nan was ready for food so we made potato soup with crackers, a couple olives, some triscuits and some candy from the Sees box. Then I set up Nan's TPN for the evening, hooked her up and rubbed her feet, however after I finished rubbing her feet they began to itch and they got worse and worse. Now she has fallen asleep for a bit in her chair with her feet straight up.

We have basked in the memories of yesterday, of having the kids here with us for the afternoon. It was a magic time, a good of being together. When parents get to interact with their adult children it is something very special. We are so grateful for them.

A new week is upon us now and we look forward to good things. However at this moment Nan is in misery with her foot again, came on suddenly and now it is really giving her grief. I hope she can make it up to the bedroom with this pain.

Tomorrow is coming and we sure need your continued prayers.

Sending our love,

tim and nan


  • At 4:04 AM, Anonymous roger and carol said…

    Good Morning from WINDY NC!
    We are about to get blown off the face of the earth this a.m.! The blinking power, constant wind and clanging wind chimes get tireing after awhile. I'm sure Roger isn't looking forward to picking up all the broken branches and possibly downed trees today. At least it didn't get as cold as was forecast.

    So, who said you need doctors or hospitals. You have so much experience you can fix leaky nephrostomy tubes, change bags, do her dressings and keep her basically comfortable. At least you know what's "normal" for Nan. If it ain't ~ do something about it! Good for you. Now if you didn't need to have a full time job on top of it you'd be just fine.

    I'd better send this before we have another power glitch and lose it again. Have a blessed day with good news and recovery.

    Love and prayers ~ Carol

  • At 8:17 AM, Anonymous Phyllis said…

    Hi you two,

    Another of the wind-whipped North Carolineans here. Thought I was going to have to tie a tether to my husband, Ron, when he took our Sydney dog out this morning.

    Letting you know that you are on my mind, in my heart and prayers MOST EVERY day. I praise God for what He has done for you and what He will continue to do. Prayer always has an answer...So says His Word and Andrew Murray, author of "With Christ in the School of Prayer" reminds us.

    Love and Prayers,

    Phyllis Lytle


  • At 5:51 PM, Anonymous Bob & Carrol said…

    Hi Mustards,

    We are just back from the Chemo Clinic and tired after a long day. Carrol's Blood work was very good and HG of 12.9 so, No Procrit Shot, that is good . We are thankful for the good numbers and that Carrol is responding so well to Her treatment.

    Good for You , fixing that pesky leak, You ,Tim are becoming more of a Dr. every day. I'm sure that Nan is very thankful to have You there for Her.

    We are ready for a good rest tonight but first is Carrol's Band Practice Session 7:00 / 9:00 then to bed We go for sure.

    Have a good rest tonight and thanks again for Your continued Prayers on Carrol's behalf.

    Love & Prayers,

    Bob & Carrol.


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