Nan Mustard's Recovery

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

Monday, July 16, 2007


Thank you for your prayers in Nan's behalf. This evening as I sit here beside her bed in Concord at the John Muir Hospital Concord Campus in her room 127 on the 3rd floor I am watching a different lady than the one this morning who was so destroyed by fevers and pain. Terry, nurse, came this morning and found Nan in very bad condition. She helped with calling the doctor and arranging things for the day. She was not able to draw very much blood and the picc line would not allow any blood draw at all.

Dana was a wonderful help as we began to plan getting Nan down and into the van's comfortable bed. It is an amazingly far distance from our bedroom upstairs down the stair chair, then into the wheel chair down the ramp to the family room and then move the ramp and down the ramp into the garage and then to the van door. Nan stepped up on to the little stool we have and with some help from us made it to the bed where we had a slip blanket ready, she lay back and we pulled the blanket and her into position in the bed. Then we loaded the luggage in, adjusted the AC to the right cool temperature and drove to Concord. Nan was becoming much more lucid by the time we got to the van and talked with LeAnn our precious neighbor before leaving. She complained that I hit every bump the entire trip and when we got here she and I figured out how to get her out and into the wheel chair. Then into the maze but in a few minutes she was in room 9 that has two amazing features, 4 walls and a door, some people never make it out of the hall in ER. We were there about 5 hours or more. Dana arrived a little later, had driven the bug and got muchies for the room, a tiny pizza for me to eat and popcorn which I just finished a few minutes ago. Pam told me to eat protein and I think popcorn is full of protein, right!

Our good fortune held at the ER as a great and gentle doctor was assigned her case. He listened carefully and did all the right things for her care and avoided doing stupid ones like before. Then Dr. Ganey came in, we were delighted to see him as he is a bull dog about getting good care for Nan. His orders got everything going for good. Blood was drawn again from Nan's poor arm, CBC and blood cultures, urine samples you know the drill. She was given enough pain med to control her hard hitting pain and she was totally alert and lucid the whole afternoon. Not one strange statement or comment. What a change had come over her and also no fevers during the afternoon. Her heart rate returned to her normal, her blood pressure was adequate and after a morning of 161 heart rate and fevers over 103, total confusion, body in a fetal position. What a change.
This evening Nan is resting quietly with her favorite nurse watching over her for now. She is getting blood in a few minutes, has at least 4 bags of important things going in and still has no fevers. When we arrived up here on the floor she hopped off the gurney and stepped unto the scales to find that her weight was once again her target weight 131.5. After all these months of hydration and weight gain, at times up to 161 she is now back to normal.
Nan has enjoyed talking to Sharon and Jan and I got to talk to Nikki and Jason. Jason and Jo got to bring Timothy home today to his little bed, his little clothes, his little diapers, his little carseat and new life. What a cutie he is even if I do say so in a totally impartial way as a proud Grampa.
Well its time to go home to rest, Nan is resting very well now with 2 mg of Dilautid onboard and appears comfortable. She was lucid all afternoon and evening, none of the confused stuff at all.
We are thankful to you for your prayers today, I firmly believe God chose to send some extra blessings down to Nan, she was certainly due some.
So thanks for your love, prayers, tender phone calls and for being there for all of us in the family.
Dana has been a trooper today, snacks in the room, dog food in the car for home and wonderful help this morning with an unresponsive Nan.
We send our love to all,

Tim and Nan in Room 127


  • At 11:43 PM, Blogger Irene Wing said…

    Dear Tim,
    What a big sigh of relief to know that Nan is better than this morning. Hearing that the staff at John Muir Medical Center was at its best is so reassuring. We pray that God will once again give Nan the appropriate care and measures that will enable her to enjoy being the special "grammie" to her newest love, Baby Timothy and as well as to Keanna.
    Another wonderful scripture used by my pastor in his sermon is from ! Thessalonians 5:16-19: "Be joyful always, pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this si God's will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not put out the Spirit's fire . . . "
    Rest well and may tomorrow bring greater blessings. Give Nan a special hug from me.

  • At 4:38 AM, Anonymous roger and carol said…

    What an experience you had yesterday! And such a relief by evening. God is good. Yes, He did send extra angels to be near you and give you all strength. Nan still continues to amaze us all with her inner strength. Again ~ I am so thankful that Dana is there with you! You never would have been able to get her into the van alone.

    I know you are all anxious to see your new little Timothy. Let's see now... It seems I remember Nan going from the hospital to Jo's shower. Perhaps this time she will go to meet little Timothy directly from the hospital. What a gal!

    Remember that you are in our thoughts and prayers throughout the day. You are not alone. God does send his ministering angels to be close to you during these times.

    Continued love and prayers ~ Carol

  • At 6:01 AM, Anonymous Marilyn in Lincoln said…

    Tim and Nan ~
    I'm so glad Dana is there to help you. It would have been very hard for you to get her into the van by yourself. It sounds like you had the move all planned out - even a slip sheet - wow, I'm impressed!!

    Back to the Concord Hilton and you got in without too much delay - a true blessing. So happy Nan is responding better. What a journey she has been on - you too for that matter Tim. The hospital stay gives you a little respit from the 24/7 that you do all the time. Try to get some well deserved rest while the people at the hospital take over in her care.

    Many prayers keep going up in behalf of you two! Love, Marilyn

  • At 6:17 AM, Anonymous Barbie said…

    Well Tim, I am so happy to read in the blog that Nan is doing better. God's special plan is there. Dana is a blessing and baby Timothy gives everyone hope!
    Keep up your courage and have a good day. Love, Barbie

  • At 7:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…


    The truth is out about you being a liar. Quote from your very own lips, (BLOG) "What a cutie he is even if I do say so in a totally impartial way". Tim we all know that there is no such thing as a totally impartial grandpa! So just quit telling such tall tales. I did see the pictures of little Timothy myself and you don't have to stretch the truth at all when you say he is beautiful.

    I am sure that your popcorn wish is just that but I did protein myself at the movies a few days ago and added butter to my popcorn to make sure I got enough protein. Evan Almighty, was an enjoyable show. I laughed outloud several times.

    Glad to hear that Nan is resting more comfortably. I will keep her in my prayers all day today. I'm not sick and can't reach my goal weight how does she do that? Just special I guess.


  • At 10:05 AM, Anonymous Bob & Carrol. said…

    Hi Tim & Nan & Dana,

    Glad to read that You are in the place that can do so much for Nan and give You a much needed rest too Tim. How good it is that Dana is there to help with the details and We all know what a great comfort She is to Nan.

    O Lord, We ernestly pray that the Staff there at John Muir can come up with the right combination of treatment & Med's to bring Our dear Nan back to Us all.

    We will continue to Pray for Comfort & healing to quickly arrive.

    Much Love & Prayers,

    Bob & Carrol.


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