Nan Mustard's Recovery

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

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Marilyn takes to the skys, an all night flight!

Dear Friends and Family,

Just back from the Sac airport where Marilyn flew out of a short while ago. It was so hard to see her go after a wonderful time of recovery and joy while she was here. Nan and I are deeply grateful to her for everything she did for us and for the fun she brought into our lives. Even today she and Nan were packing in some fun, mid day they left for Brentwood and Nan got her hair washed at one place and cut in another, they also made a couple more stops and yes Nan came home tired but looking great and very proud of her accomplishments. It was hot out today but they traveled in the van which quickly cools down. Nan left the TPN home so she could walk and do her thing unfettered. After she got home we gave her a hit of Adavan, she slept for awhile and then woke to have double helpings of dinner. She also enjoyed the coke icee I brought from Brentwood. All to soon it was time to load Marilyn up and go to the airport. The bug is back and working great so we took it. I even had some dirt removed when I was in Brentwood and the trip was uneventful at about 44 miles per gallon. We stopped in Sac at the Hard Rock so Marilyn could take a last attempt at shot glasses and yes they had them so success on that count.

I heard from the pharmacist at Critical Care and for the most part Nan's numbers were good, hemoglobin at 10.1, creatins down to 2.8 from 2.9 last week so with just minor adjustments the new TPN shipment will come in the morning. Nan is feeling so much better it is hard to remember how awful things were just 2 weeks ago. She is moving pretty well now, is actively involved in what is going on, on the phone, paying bills etc.

Dana called a couple times today and is doing very well after her hand surgery. As soon as she gets all the various demands on her taken care of she is coming out, could be even this weekend. We are very anxious to see her but want her to do what she needs to before coming so no loose ends to worry her. Her sinus problems are better today as well.

This morning steve and melaboo came fairly early to let doggie swim and have fun. It is amazing to see how fast she can swim after the ball or ducks, powerful dog and such a good personality. Our little doggies don't know quite what to do with her so they growl and observe.

We are very thankful for the improvement in nan's condition, those words seem so inadequate really, we are thrilled with what is taking place. nan feels alive again, her words and is enjoying the freedom from nausea and its terrible effects. Her colostomy bag is going great guns and I am so very glad to empty it day or night after 5 weeks of inactivity.

This weekend Keanna has her dance recital, how exciting for her and for us as well. She is very involved in learning special steps and routines, what a kid!!

Tomorrow I will be home working things up until I have to run to Oakland late in the afternoon for an appointment I have had a hard time scheduling. Friday we have a 11:30 appointment with the oncologist and then friday afternoon I have a purchase appraisal in Davis. Nice to know I can do the trips in the Bug with its cool air and great mileage.

Thank you for your prayers and lets keep them going for a method of dealing with the tumors.

A couple photos from this afternoon reflecting our parting with Marilyn. Her kids better appreciate her a lot because she is sure welcome here anytime.


tim and nan


  • At 5:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…


    Stay strong and well!

  • At 5:19 AM, Anonymous roger and carol said…

    Good Morning!

    Another great good news blog today! Nan looks soooo much better in this last picture! Her eyes look alert and alive again. What a gal ~ what can I say?

    And the bug is back complete with cooling and good gas milage. It sounds like you had a great day ~ except for losing Marilyn's company and help.

    Roger is out of town, so I played all day yesterday! It was so good to be gone all day and not worry about anything here at Lakemont. I didn't even have to fix any meals for anyone. One more day of freedom! He gets home tomorrow a.m. early, so it's back to work and back to the routine. A woman needs a few days a year off for just having fun by herself. It's been awhile since I had a day like that. I missed my time with Nan at DollyWood this year....

    Continue to have more good days.

    We love you and continue to keep you close in thought and prayer.

    Love ~ Carol

  • At 5:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…


    After many days of BLOG reading we have finally discovered the secret! Why Marilyn is merry. Just how many shot glasses did it take to make Marilyn, "happy", and did it take and hour. Also what medium was used to fill the glassES? These are some of the details you left out. I guess with so much great news about Nan we can overlook some of these information glitches.

    Who are these other commentors any way? Just how early does one have to get up to get ahead of them! Do these people sleep?

    Happy Trails to you Marilyn. Sorry I missed meeting you this trip. Maybe next time I will have the pleasure that so many others have enjoyed.


  • At 6:35 AM, Blogger Karen Cress said…

    Years ago I remember Tim Hansel (author of "Eating Your Problems for Breakfast"), "If God wanted me to see the sunrise, He would have put it later in the day!" That's been my montra ever since--so Wes, you won't be finding my posts at 5am!! Even though Denver is an hour ahead of you--I do believe in the quiet of eyes shut--with soft snoring sounds!!

    I can't tell you how THRILLED I am to hear, once again, of God's answering prayer on Nan's behalf!! What a difference a couple weeks can make!! YEAH GOD!!

    Here's some advice for the day, for all you men out there (Wes!) and Tim!!


    "One morning the husband returns after several hours of fishing and decides to take a nap.

    Although not familiar with the lake, the wife decides to take the boat out.

    She motors out a short distance, anchors, and reads her book. Along comes a Game Warden in his boat. He pulls up alongside the woman and says, "Good morning, Ma'am. What are you doing?" "Reading a book," she replies, (thinking, Isn't that obvious?)

    "You're in a Restricted Fishing Area," he informs her. "I'm sorry, officer, but I'm not fishing. I'm reading." "Yes, but you have all the equipment. For all I know you could start at any moment. I'll have to take you in and write you up."

    "If you do that, I'll have to charge you with sexual assault," says the woman.

    "But I haven't even touched you," says the game warden. "That's true, but you have all the equipment. For all I know you could start at any moment."

    "Have a nice day ma'am," and he left.

    MORAL: Never argue with a woman who reads. It's likely she can also think."

    To be honest, that is submitted by John! Our prayers are with the two of you--in the form of both praise and request!

    John and Karen Cress

  • At 8:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hello Mustards, Nan, your hair looks great. It's such a nice feeling when you get a shampoo and cut. You'll certainly be missing Marilyn today, what a gal! Be sure to get out on that deck for a little sunshine today. Loved Karen Cress' advice to never argue with a woman. Enjoy the bug again, Tim. I'm off in my fresh air LSV this morning. Happiness is abounding...keep getting well, dear little Nanny! Love, Barbie

  • At 8:29 AM, Anonymous Bob & Carrol. said…

    Good Morning Mustards,

    Praise the Lord for His goodness to each of Us. Nan is truly back on track and looking more like Herself. We look forward to seeing You this weekend.

    How good it was for You to have Marilyn there for the last few days, She is much loved by Nan , that is plain to see. We all thank Her for Her special help for Our Dear Nan.

    We will continue to lift You up in Prayer.

    Glad to read that the "Bug" is flying again, (Old Clutch?) or did they get the new one to work, If it's the old one be sure that they get You a new one on the new compressor, You paid for new and that old one has many miles under its belt.

    See You Soon,

    Bob & Carrol.


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