Nan Mustard's Recovery

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

Saturday, May 05, 2007

2:30 update room 311

Dear Family and Friends,
Nan is napping after having her largest lunch yet. She drank most of the chicken broth, some of the jello, some of the frozen lemon stuff and some water. Doctors who have visited have confirmed that the MRI showed no abnormalities whatsoever in her brain other than a continual blinking of the letters QVC. Not sure what that is about!! Her fever has returned to normal and her heart rate is normal also. However a new antibiotic has been added to the mix in hopes of wiping out whatever infection there is. Also being kept alive as a possibility is the removal of her picc line and a replacement to the other arm just to make sure it is not promoting infection. Doctors don't really agree on what to do on that score.
This has been a weepy day for Nan as she become fully aware of the days she lost, that Keanna's birthday passed and she did not know it, of how sick she was. Her emotions are impacted by the experience she has been through with the high fevers, the blacked out days passing and all the antibiotics being given. Her diet got upgraded to full liquid instead of salty water and she is glad about that. She sat herself up in the chair for a few minutes but then wanted to rest so went back to bed. She was happy to shed the ice bags that had been placed in her arm pits to help cool her down and has fresh sheets and pillow cases. She is fully aware of everything today and has placed calls to Sharon, Dana, Terry the nurse and taken calls from Dana and Mary - travel.
We had hoped to see someone today other than ourselves but we will be OK. Our kids are away, Jason on the east coast with an MBA group of students and Nikki with family in Las Vegas, hitting the zoos, the aquarium and places Keanna wants to visit. I've been considering a shower for a couple days and think I finally have built up enough courage to shower here in the room, somehow it does not seem right to shower in someones room at the hospital but it is becoming quite necessary! Soon I'll head out to walk a bit in the beautiful sunny day and find a burrito or something since breakfast and its positive effects are fading fast.
So good news today on all counts but slow progress. A CT scan is being planned for Monday to see a source of infection can be located that so far is unknown. That will also let us send a copy to Boston to have their opinion regarding the tumor status.
So until later,


tim and nan


  • At 3:10 PM, Anonymous Marilyn in Lincoln said…

    Hey you two - fun to get two messages in one day!!! I looked this morning early and now after church looked again and found two of them.

    I really had to laugh about the QVC blinking on her MRI!!! Nothing wrong there!!!! Glad to hear Nan is doing so much better.

    I'm having a real church day - went at 10AM then stayed for the 11AM service and potluck! Will go back for the 7PM meeting and then will call it a day! These meetings have been so good - hate to miss.

    Get a shower Tim - Nan is back and she'll be wanting you to clean up a little!!! Just go for it - will make you enjoy your day so much more.

    Keep enjoying each other. Love you both, Marilyn

  • At 7:23 PM, Anonymous Roger and Carol said…

    Hi Tim and Nan,

    I'm glad Nan had a good day. I'm also sorry you didn't have some company today. I was sure you would have several in today, but it sounds like everyone had something else they had to do. Perhaps Nan needed the peace and quiet to get caught up on the missing week. I'm sure it is hard on her right now. She will feel better when her kids get back in town and she can see them again.

    We had a good soaking rain today. We really did need it. I think it has stopped for now and tomorrow promises to be a beautiful spring day!

    Tim I hope you did get that shower and your walk for your burrito. Nan will even love you more if you smell better and look fresher too. And she won't have to be worring about you not eating.

    I hope all in all you did have a good Sabbath.

    Love and prayers ~ Carol

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

    Hi Tim & Nan,

    Good to read that You are making great progress and all systems are coming along in the right direction at last! Praise the Lord !

    We just returned from our Day trip to Summerville High School in Sonora. The "Music Man" was done to Perfection by a large Cast of 58 Students (Our Grand Daughter included) Accompined by 8 Local Musicians. What a treat it was to see the Young People do such a great Job and all the while showing the Audience that They were enjoying every minute of it (2&1/2hrs).

    Our drive of 194 miles was smoothe and not plagued with Traffic or any other obstructions at all.

    What a beautiful Sabbath Day it was.

    Sorry that You did not have any visitors but maybe the time together to reflect on the past week was a blessing too. Next week We will be over for sure to visit a bit.

    Love You,

    Bob & Carrol.


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