Nan Mustard's Recovery

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

Monday, May 07, 2007

Sunny California

Dear Family and Friends,
Its Monday evening, 8 pm, and Nan and I are just finishing up our Coke Icees. Nan requested them as I left earlier for an appraisal appointment in Oakland. Well when you want something specific like a Burger King you can't locate it. I drove for nearly an hour searching around the hospital and general area for a Burger King finally locating one a few miles away. Nan was very glad to have me back since it had been hours since I left and she was even more glad when she saw the Coke Icees. She has been snoozing and had a good afternoon. For evening meal she had mushroom soup and a package of snacks I got at the vending machine.
Tomorrow morning fairly early Nan will face a CT scan. She will start drinking the horrid white chalky stuff tonight and then again tomorrow. The scan should provide the latest indication of what is going on under the skin. WE HOPE IT IS GOOD NEWS.
Today Nan has met with the infectious disease doctor who is leaning toward allowing Nan to go home and get her antibiotics there. Her oncology doctor is starting to lean that way also. So the CT scan will determine a lot tomorrow.
Nan's fever was shorter in duration and lower in degree last night. She slept with her ice packs all night and just under a sheet while I snoozed under a blanket. It does not seem fair at all. It seemed someone was in the room to do something every two hours last night so Nan took the morning to get some good sleep and catch up.
We discovered that Nan has lost 19+ pounds as of this morning. That means she only needs to drop about another 10 or 12 lbs. They have backed the lasik down to once a day since her creatin number is going up, up to 3.2 today. Her legs have returned to their original and lovely shape, her feet are losing their puffiness and her face has dropped some weight as well. She can move about easier now and walked out to the nursing station today before returning to sit in the chair for awhile. She has been alert, involved, funny and has been reminding the nurses of meds she was to receive and that they had not gotten around to hanging for her. There is no question about her mental state now, sharp as can be.
We have spent the day with Nan taking turns sleeping and then watching some TV while I created appraisals and sent them out. Loree has been managing things at the office and so we do get some work done these days. I have several appraisals to write now and plan to go to Lodi tomorrow afternoon to see one, hope the CT scan really happens in the morning like they have promised.
So the challenges are this, if Nan is allowed to go home soon will she be able to walk between the stair chair and her recliner? How will we manage? You know we'll figure it out I guess.
And perhaps Jan can come to help during that time, that would be so wonderful, if she can get time off from her work.
My friends Art and Connie are about to go on a long planned trip overseas soon and I sure will miss them when they are gone. Calls to Art really help me get through the day when times are especially tough.
We are winding down now for the evening, Nan is not looking forward to having to start drinking that horrible medicine this evening and dreads the thought that it might come back up. Yet she is brave about everything she faces all the time. Right now she is placing a call to Nikki to say good night but only got a message this time. Fun stuff in Vegas.

Please pray that God will continue to oversee Nan's medical situation, her fevers, the infection, the CT scan, the overall care.

We send our love to all, Nan says its been a good day!

tim and nan


  • At 10:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Fellow Readers,

    I thought I would take a break from my usual musings and offer you a personal report on our beloved friend Nan. For some time all we have had are Tim's descriptions. These by virtue of the time he has spent visiting Texas and fishing are of course suspect!

    My wife and I spent and hour or so hanging with Nan. How pleasant it was to see her smiling face and enjoy her gracious company. We gabbed, hooted and laughed out loud. Had she not been in a hospital room I would have thought she was in better health than me.

    For those of us that don't have the burden of all the details there appears to be no problem at all. This sadly is not the case however. Let each and everyone of us be more diligent in our prayers so that the maximum amount of God's healing power is available for Nan!


    Wes & Nan Huffman

  • At 6:07 AM, Anonymous roger and carol said…

    Good Morning from NC!

    And it is a beautiful morning in NC. It is a crisp 46 degrees this a.m. with sun glimmering on the lake.

    Wes, for those of us who are too far away to visit ~ it was good to get another prospective on Nan. Yes, Tim is too close to the situation and all that fishing and leisure time may be affecting his ability to evaluate. That's ok. We love him anyway.

    It's good to hear that Nan is beginning to walk and regain her strength. If she can't do the stair chair thing when she gets home maybe she will need that bed by the fish tank again. The scenery is great and she can imagine she is snorkeling off the shore of some exotic island. Just don't get any ideas of another cruise!

    Have another good day in spite of the horrible stuff you had to drink for the CT scan. We pray for a good report. Keep moving right out of that bed and on your way home again soon.

    I'm looking forward to a problem free day here at Lakemont. Hopefully I solved all the problems yesterday ~ barking dog and problem woman. I guess we'll find out.

    Love and Prayers ~ Carol

  • At 9:36 AM, Anonymous Bob & Carrol. said…

    Hi Tim & Nan,

    We assure You that We will be thinking of and Praying for You both this trying morning. May Good things result from all the Scan Stuff and may You enjoy a Tasty Lunch after it is done.

    Give Us a call or write when You have some news. We are home for the Day till at least 2:30 then on to a Funny Movie "Meet The Robinsons" just for laughs. Tuesday is $3.00 bargain Day at Our Theatre.

    Have a good day,& stay safe on the roads Tim .

    Love & Prayers,

    Bob & Carrol.


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