Nan Mustard's Recovery

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

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

A day of helpers, Art, Barb and Gerry, PT nurse, Donna Want, Pam

Dear Friends, Family and GISTers,
11 pm, very worn out but what a day this has been. Nan woke with 102 fever and we did our routine and got it down, at 7:30 medical supplies were delivered and the dogs let us know, at 8:30 the PT nurse came and gave veryi practical advice to get Nan back on her feet, then nan slept for awhile. At 9 am Barb and Gerry left for their home, what a lift they have given us, sparkling kitchen, dirt free cars, and love by the buckets for Nan in this tough time. Nan then slept until about 2 pm. Art arrived around noon to begin work on the ramp so the wheel chair can be used in the house and to the garage, he worked all day and its great and very safe. Donna Want and Pam arrived about 4:30 for a brief visit and I used that time to go over to Paul Reeds home to talk with Debbie. Then back home as Art loaded up and left, he had brought all the tools he needed and even the supplies. During the day Jason would call with updates, Jo had a rough night with no development, then some medicine to promote delivery about noon and finally things started moving gradually but as of now still no baby. Nikki too has been in touch with Jason keeping up on events. They gave her an epidural this afternoon and finally Jo got some much needed sleep and rest. It is now over 24 hours of limited labor and Nan is so anxious. She even called Steve Ahn, our friend and OB Gyn in Tracy, she managed to use the phone and call when that has been beyound her all day, she is so worried about the baby and Jo's health. She feels very bad that she can be on the scene to lend moral support. We have always tried to be there when our kids were facing severe challenges and not being able to get out of bed in not to Nan's way of thinking. The PT lady was very wise today telling Nan that if she would do the exercises mentioned that she would be able to get out of bed on her own. That got Nan's attention big time.
Pam and Donna were so kind and rubbed her feet, used the tummy pump to clear some fluid and just loved Nan. We really appreciate their coming as we know their schedule is full every day. I thank Art for coming and helping like he did. While he worked in the garage I tried to get work done inside but there is still a pile to complete it seems.
Nan is not well this evening, she wakes from deep sleep with severe pains now, feels generally bad and is still somewhat spacey at times which she detests. She was glad to talk to Dana after surgery today and was relieved that Dana had less pain and less pain meds than the right hand. We look forward to her return when the time is right for her.
Once again I want to say thank you to Barb and Gerry for their visit and moral support. What a total lift they give when they come, they bring their own bedding, even their own towels so not to be a burden and they take all the boxes and bottles I never recycle with them.
So I say good night, I'm not even sure what to pray for any more. We still have some fevers in spite of no visible infection, we have some mental fuzziness, we have some severe pain and we have some gradual improvement in strength.

tim and nan


  • At 4:51 AM, Anonymous roger and carol said…

    Good Morning!

    Yes, you really did have a day of helpers! That ramp will make it oh so much easier and safer for both of you. Tim, have you ever thought of what it would be like without the support and help from your friends? It seems God sends you just the ones who have the skills you need at just the right time. You are truly blessed!

    I guess little Timothy is not so sure he wants to rush into this old world. Smart kid! I find the world we live in a bit scary myself. Our prayers are with Jo, Jason and little Timothy today.

    Our prayers for you today are for no fever, reduced pain, smaller tumors, peace in your hearts and rest for your bodies. Have a blessed day.

    Continued love and prayers ~ Carol

  • At 5:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…


    What a great day. Friends and family working together for the good of each other. Today will be the same. What a great life. Our friend Loren D is helping me to roof Zack's house. It is a very pleasant activitiy, on the roof with black shingles in the summer time.

    No time to worry just plan and do the activities that are the most important that we can do and let our friends and God fill in the rest. Skip the time normaly allocated to worry to love the friends and God who take up all the slack for the things that we can't do. That's a wonderful life.

    We offer prayers for Nan and Jo who have physical needs that we can't help with and ask for God's intervention and protection for them. We also offer thanks for all the friends and family that fill our lives with joy and help us accomplish the needs of the day. Special thanks also to our Heavenly Father who wants only the best for all of us!

    OK we are ready for another Great day. Rejoice.


    PS go litte timmy go

  • At 6:14 AM, Anonymous Marilyn in Lincoln said…

    Good morning ~
    Go little Tim go is right!! Hope today is the birthday of that little guy - 7/12/07 - has a nice ring to it.

    Lots of helpers make the load lighter. I'm praying for no fevers, pain, and a clear mind for Nan today.

    Love, Marilyn

  • At 9:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…


    We just pray for Nan and her well being.

    No matter what we pray for, it is in God's hands really and

    The battles and challenges we all face and with all of your friends you have faired well.

    Good luck with the baby today, it is probably already born as I write this note.

    Love and strength to you both

    Sue M


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