Nan Mustard's Recovery

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

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Nan has a big and very long day!

Dear Ones,
You won't believe all the things Nan got done today. Last night Terry came and drew blood for the type and cross, then I drove it to Concord. I went to bed this morning at 1:38. Then up for a call to the doctor office this morning early. Thelma was great and said she would arrange the transfusion for today if possible. I decided to go for broke and ask if she could also arrange to have the picc line replaced internally and do a CT scan. She was not so sure that all could be arranged but we got the confirming call about 10:25 for Nan to come to the hospital. So we loaded her and Marilyn drove her to Concord. First they worked on her picc line and ended up replacing it and after an xray and a second adjustment it was completed. then the first unit of blood started about 3 pm, the second unit ended about 9:45 this evening and then she had a CT scan, waited a bit more in her hospital bed and then they drove home. Considering what she has been through she looks great this evening. Marilyn and I have just tucked her in, helped her take her meds, got TPN going again after it was off all day today, started some extra hydration, gave her Adavan and she is settled in for a long summer sleep. Amazingly this morning her temp was normal and all day at the hospital it was normal as well, after so many weeks of fever, normal, praise God!!
Marilyn is worth her weight in gold. We are deeply grateful to her family for sharing her with us.
I meanwhile drove to Valley Springs to see a little house, then using the GPS found and photographed all the comps and then headed for Turlock, about an hour plus away. That place was a mess, owner is 84 and plans to get it cleaned up and live in it again but it has had no one for several years and it shows and it smells. Great people. They are descendants of Alexander Hamilton. Then the GPS did its magic and located 5 properties over a 10 mile spread. At about 8 pm I started home which was 59 miles away.
When I got home I prepared her TPN, changed the sheets, enjoyed some folk music on PBS and had a good peanut butter and tomato sandwich with a glass of cold milk. Gourmet food! The tomatoes I picked from the back deck so they were less than 1 minute from the vine to the mouth, yummy!
I think the general consensus is that the AMN might be working as the tumor does not seem to be larger and the new one she located seems to be harder to find now. Hence the CT scan, another tool to see if any measurement of tumor size can be made.
Tomorrow Nan has a doctor appointment and I think Marilyn will take her since I have a noon appointment in Richmond. I'll try to meet them at the doctors if I can get back in time. Tomorrow I grow older and my only birthday wish is for Nan to feel better, to get better.
I had a chance to talk to Art today, he and Connie are baby sitting for his daughter Sarah in Texas while she is away and they are actually enjoying the process, a 16 month and a two year old. By Sunday night they will probably be very happy to welcome Sarah back home to resume her motherly chores. I also had a chance to talk to jason, nikki, my brother jerrry and of course work related people as well.
Thank you for your prayers and ongoing concern for Nan. She is a very determined person and that solid backbone is serving her very well right now in this tough time. If you were here with her you would be so proud, she is amazing and growing stronger every day.
My prayers are re: blockage, tumor vs AMN and increased strength.

love to each and every one of you precious friends and family,

tim and nan and marilyn


  • At 4:03 AM, Anonymous roger and carol said…

    Happy Birthday to you. Happy birthday to you. Happy birthday, dear Tiiiiiiimm, Happy Birthday to you! And many more..........

    And we do hope it is a good day for you, Tim!

    What a day you had yesterday with all the tests and transfusion in one day! No wonder she is tired. And what a blessing Marilyn is. Good news that the tumors seem to be at least stable if not shrinking. Perhaps that will help the pain level also.

    So, for today we pray for more strength, less pain, shrinking tumors and a very special day for Tim's birthday!

    Love and prayers ~ Carol

  • At 5:29 AM, Anonymous Marilyn in Lincoln said…

    A very long day indeed for Nan - she had a lot done on that one trip and it's so good that they could do it all while she was there. Again - she's amazing!!

    Happy Birthday Tim - it's supposed to be cooler today and that's a good thing when celebrating a birthday. Your wish is our wish for your birthday - a healthy Nan!!

    Love and prayers,

  • At 5:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Uncle Tim,
    Happy Birthday to you and to Haley. She is very excited to be 6! We had a nice swimming party yesterday and we are having leftover pizza and birthday cake for breakfast. We have loved the pictures of Timothy. What a beautiful baby!!
    Love and prayers,
    Troy, Sandy, Lindsey, Ryan, and Birthday Girl Haley

  • At 6:30 AM, Blogger Irene Wing said…

    Dear Tim and Nan,
    Happy, happy birthday and may all your wishes come true!
    I'm so glad Marilyn was able to take Nan for her transfusion, replace the picc line and have the CT scan. Hopefully, the scan will reveal better news than you expect. Having the transfusion always give Nan a definite boost of energy. So, we hope she has better days ahead.
    The pictures of little Timothy are so adorable and precious. Tim, you looked so relaxed cradling your name sake. I can also see that Nan loves every minute being with the new little guy in her life.
    Celebrate your special day with all the blessings you have.

  • At 7:09 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Happy Birthday, Tim, just remember that todays 60 is yesterdays 50 and so on. I say you are not doing bad, and aren't we thankful for our blessings. You could write a book, all your travels, experiences, and added wisdom about life and it's ups and downs. You are a great guy and a loving husband, father, and grandpa.

    Thank you, Marilyn, for helping with Nan. I don't think anyone really realizes what her days are like unless they have gone through them with her. You are priceless.

    The Birthday Partner, Haley, is one of the most precious grandchildren I have, and I have 5 of the greatest. Last Friday evening I was with Troy's family at the Island and Haley and I slept together. After we read and talked I told her that we needed to say our prayers. She slipped off the bed on to the floor and I asked her if she was ok. She said, "Nana, I have to talk private." I love them all!

    I pray for a very good day for all of you. I feel Nan will be in lala land most of the day, and well deserved.

    Love and prayers,

  • At 8:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hey buddy....IT'S OUR BIRTHDAY AGAIN!!!!! Christiana Berwick and Herbert Hoover too. At least we are one up on Herbert! I see u already have several birthday greeting and prayers today, so now u got one more. The big 60 for u and 61 for me. I may be older than u, but I've got the body of a 59 year old and the mind of a 12 year old. We are in Tillimock Oreagon and traveling with the Barenchi's and will be spending sabbath with the Toons in Newport. God bless. Nunes'

  • At 9:08 AM, Anonymous barbie said…

    Happy Birthday to you Tim! I hope you take time to remember that it is your birthday and maybe you will get a birthday cake along the way??? Nan's progress sounds wonderful. And it almost sounds like AMN is doing its thing.
    Yesterday we had 2 bus loads from Lincoln Hills going to Hot August Nights in Reno. Gerry really did enjoy the parade of old cars going down Virginia street. We watched for over 2 hours. It started at 7 p.m. and our bus left at 9 and the parade was still going. But our feet were tired and we had seen enough.
    It's so great that Marilyn can be there again. Remember Leatherby's ice cream place? A few days ago Ger and I stopped in for a small lunch and a huge sundae. We were thinking of the times we all went for ice cream cones...Baby Lori would have also been with us. Next Tuesday Leatherby's are rolling back their prices in celebration of their anniversary. Bring Marilyn and Nan and come up...we'll treat you all to sundaes, only we usually got cones, remember? Oh, yes, you better bring Nikki and Jason, too!
    Hopefully we will continue to hear that Nan is getting stronger. God is good!
    Love, Barbie


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