Nan Mustard's Recovery

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

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Sunday and we bid Jan goodbye.

Dear Family and Friends,
Its 9:25 and I hear Jan and Nan talking and I know Jan is rubbing Nan's leg, knee or foot as they talk. Jan is just back from having dinner with Mary at the local steakhouse. Mary insisted on taking Jan out to eat, she had only had a yogurt all day and needed some food. Mary came this afternoon and they talked while Nan slept for several hours. I was out doing three appraisals taking advantage of fact that Jan was here with her.
Nan has had much less nausea today but still has some intense pains in her limbs. She is walking much better and stronger now but still feels lousy. Nikki did some shopping for Nan today and they got to debrief over that this evening. Nikki and Keanna arrived just as Jan and Mary went around the corner to go eat. keanna helped me do some moving stuff around in the garage and then we fed the ducks and geese. Nikki has some wonderful new photos of Keanna from this afternoon, so cute and yet I am totally partial, she is my precious little girl.
Jan flys out of Oakland at 9:30 in the morning so it will be an early start from here since we have traffic, monday security line at the airport and mobs of people in general. We will try to leave the house between 5:30 and 6 am, an early call indeed.
We are so thankful to Jan for her visit. She has been wonderful in her care for Nan, spending hours rubbing painful places, just sitting with her, talking small talk, watching movies and old TV shows. She is amazing with nan and Nan has responded well to her kindness.

We found out today that our dear friend Marilyn Titherington is coming to visit on June 2. She was so good to us while we were in Boston and came every week to visit Nan from Rhode Island. We will enjoy seeing her again, can't wait. There is no one like Marilyn and we have memories of when we were first in ministry in Sacramento and Walt and Marilyn worked with the church where we were assigned. We grew to be close friends and have kept in touch over the years.

Sylvia called today to let me know that some people can help this week in keeping Nan company. Such help really helps a lot and we thank all those who help out.

Well its time to prepare the TPN and head to bed, early call tomorrow morning. Terry, the nurse comes at 8 in the morning and I should be back around that time too from the airport. Our wonderful neighbor LeAnn has agreed to be by her phone in case Nan needs help from the time we leave until I get back. Friends everywhere doing what they can. We are so very blessed with friends and family.

So for this evening my request is that God will continue to help with the nausea, with the pain and with finding and obtaining a new med to control tumors. Lets keep praying.

tim and nan and jan


  • At 11:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…


    Hung out with Emma this afternoon. It was her 2nd birthday party and she had a great time even though she had no clue why she are anyone else was there. Opened a few presents then was bored with that process. Liked the cake especially the part were Aunt Rachel let her get close enough to put a finger in the icing. She made a great effort to blow out the candles and with considerable help from the wind managed to get the job done. The best part was the surprise on her face when everyone started singing. Children love singing. I wonder why we don't do it more often?

    Lets add that to the apple a day and see if that doesn't help what ailes ya.

    Be of good cheer for God is on his throne and all is right with the world!


  • At 4:41 PM, Anonymous roger and carol said…

    Hi Tim and Nan,

    I know you are missing Jan about now. It sounds like you have more friends coming to help out by staying with Nan. See ~ there are many of us out here "helping" in many ways ~ prayers, thoughts, e-mails, food, cleaning, laundry, visits, phone calls, "recovery fund", sitting with Nan while you work and even cleaning out your garage! We all care about you both and share in your concerns and frustrations. You are special people!

    Our golfers have all left and all that remains is a big pile of laundry and 6 cottages to clean. Lesley is right on the ball and has only 2 left to clean. I have only one more load of laundry to do. The golfers and caddies were all please with the accommodations and plan to return next year ~ if they make the cut. None of "our" people won but 3 were in the finals. The winner took home $117,000 plus a new BMW. Not bad for a week end of golf. Hmmm, Tim maybe you should take up golf!

    Our thoughts and prayers remain with you as you face new challenges this week.

    Love and prayers ~ Carol


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