Nan Mustard's Recovery

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

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Calm evening

Dear Family and Friends,
How can I explain the last 24 hours? Well sleepy would be a good start. Last evening Nan fell asleep in the recliner using a combination of pillows for comfort. With only occassional waking moments she made it through the night. At around 2 am I went to bed in the hospital bed in the family room and only got up when she needed something during the night. We didn't really wake until about 9 this morning. Then I asked her if she would consider going out to the driveway, getting some air and walking with the walker. She consented and so we did just that. She walked very well and then we came back in with fresh air in our lungs. I then took her upstairs where she fell asleep until 4:30 this afternoon. She woke for a few minutes and then back to sleep until mid evening and I think she is asleep again now. The back pain comes and goes but is always there to some extent. This evening she was trying a heating pad to see if she could get relief that way. When I checked her temp at 4:30 it was 97.6, a nice change. Marilyn has been an angel remembering when her antibiotics are needed, helping Nan with changing the bandage on her tummy and helping with ice water, pillows and anything else she needed.
Marilyn has been upstairs in the recliner for hours this afternoon and evening sitting with nan as she rests.
I've been working, trying to get some appraisals out the door and have had some success. Its been sort of tough to keep the emotions in order but after she woke up feeling better at 4:30 I felt better. I've got to talk to Art several times today, He and Connie drive home to Gilroy tomorrow and it will be nice to have them closer.
Irene Wing has let us know that she is having a biopsy on Tuesday at UCSF. She certainly needs our prayers of support seeking God to give her healing, calm and peace. Although the biopsy only takes a few minutes she has to wait for hours afterwards just in case! So she will have a long day. Tuesday we too will have a long day. Nan is to have a PET scan in Walnut Creek, an hour trip from our home. She has to stop the TPN 6 hours before the scan and can only drink water. She is not looking forward to it at all but we do need to know what it can tell us.
Pam needs our prayers too, she came down with the flu over the weekend and has spent some quality time in bed trying to recover.
We have received word that our long time friend and fellow appraiser Mimi has lost her battle with throat cancer over the weekend. So our prayers go to her family as they cope with this incredible loss.
Oh friends and family, how we look forward to being with Jesus someday. Sometimes life does not make much sense these days.
Please pray for Nan's back and stomach and the pain that is there. Pray that God will do for her what He knows is best.

love

tim and nan and marilyn

4 Comments:

  • At 10:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Tim,

    Master or magicial photographer, which is it. I saw those pictures that you took yeterday and I must say that those people don't look that good in person! I might just come over there myself if you can make me look that good, oh great humble photographer. The humble part is because you still put those multiple pictures in the blog and appraisal pictures too. Must be some effort to combine business and pleasure. What ever! It makes your friends look better than real life. It's magicial!

    There'll be no more sadness, no sorrow , no trouble I see. There will be peace in the valley (delta for you) for me (and you).

    My prayer is that there will be much less pain while we are still here.

    Wes

     
  • At 4:01 AM, Anonymous roger and carol said…

    Good Morning Tim,

    I'm sorry Nan has had such a rough time lately with pain. Yet, how blessed she is to have you or Marilyn by her side most of the time. It is good that she can sleep for she does not suffer with pain while she sleeps. We look forward to that day when there will be no more suffering, no more pain, no more GIST, no more political problems in our world ~ just eternity with our Lord.

    We hope that the trip and the PET scan are not too hard on Nan tomorrow. Maybe you will get some answers as to why all the pain.

    I can't believe it is the end of August! All our August people will be leaving the end of this months and I've hardly seen most of them since they've been here. We did have a "get-together" the first of the month, but I haven't seen much of them since. I guess they are all out and about looking for a cooler spot. We have had rain and the high yesterday was about 73. Now that should make the Floridians happy. Too bad it is time for them to leave.

    I must get my day started or it will start without me.

    Love and Prayers ~ Carol

     
  • At 7:41 AM, Anonymous Bob & Carrol. said…

    Hi Tim, Nan & Marilyn,

    We will Pray for a Safe,Easy & Productive trip to the PET Scan Today.

    Glad to read that Nan got outside for a breath of fresh air Yesterday. Lets hope that there will be a lot more of that to come.

    We have some "Busy Things" to do today getting things taken care of and in place for the trip to MN on Friday. Looks like We will be blessed with good weather while We are there. I have just 2 Cousins left there and We are looking forward to visiting with Them again. It has been 5 Years since We last were together.

    God Bless You,
    Love & Prayers,

    Bob & Carrol.

     
  • At 11:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Tim and Nan,

    If only a magic wand could come down and touch Nan to remove the pain. What is the pain? Is it the tumors or something else that is blocked?

    One wonders why there has to be such pain for such wonderful people.

    As always, you are both in my thoughts and prayers.

    This blog has shown how a family and friends pull together. The strength of all of you have given Nan the fighting chance she has been taking.

    Be strong, enjoy the fresh air whenever you can, my prayers to you

    Sue M

     

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