Nan Mustard's Recovery

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

Saturday, August 18, 2007

We are still home

Dear Family and Friends,
Nan woke with a 102 temp today and later it was 102.8. We have used small amounts of ibuprofen, 100 mg, normal amount for an infant up to 3 years old and yet it helped bring down the temperature both times. Mid afternoon I called the doctor on duty and we waited, we are still waiting, he never called back so we gave Nan Adavan at 2:30 and she slept until 6:30. Her temp was then 99.3, not sure what it is this minute. Dolly Vogel, our dear friend and appraiser trainer came to visit us this afternoon. She prayed with Nan and talked with her heart to heart. She is so precious and we really appreciate her being willing to drive clear over here to see us. How we love Dolly, she is so good to us.
After Dolly left we moved Nan from the recliner to the hospital bed where she settled in to sleep with two fans blowing on her and no sheet at all. After a couple hours she woke enough to ask for a sheet which we provided. Early evening tonight Pam arrived to share pizza with us and to give Nan a good massage. Pam left later in the evening to drive home to Lodi. Nan woke enough to take her pills and for us to take her temperature. It was an alarming 102.6 so we gave another small dose of ibuprofen and have now taken her up to bed where she is snuggled in under just a sheet for the night.
It was so disappointing that the oncologist never called back this afternoon. Our concerns are that Nan seems to have some congestion in her lungs, that along with the fevers are raising bigger concerns to both Marilyn and myself.
Nan was lifted to day by the visits from Dolly and Pam, thank you for caring. I personally was lifted by their visits too and by calls with Art, traveling in Colorado and Joyce and Glen Conner, long time friends in Lodi who wrote a couple very special emails to me. They have been helpful friends for years, many years and they are looking forward to their first grandchild, we have much in common. Jason called today and Nan could hear Timothy trying to talk in the background. They are doing well and Clayton, Jo's brother comes in this evening. Jason says the number of students who are signed up for school is good and he hopes for even more. God has blessed his work this year and he is very thankful.

We will see what the night brings and then what tomorrow brings. The fevers bring nan's situation to a different level of concern as they can skyrocket so fast and reach a dangerous level in a matter of an hour or two. Something is not right inside and we need antibiotics to manage it.
Funny things just happened. Nan used the phone intercom to call me and ask when i was going to hook up the TPN. Well earlier I had very carefully used an iv push and prepared the PICC line for the hookup but failed to hook it up, it was sitting there beeping and waiting for connection. I had to be reminded, funny.
Now I'm back to finish the blog and turn all the lights off, take Adavan up to Nan and then retire for the first part of the night.
We have all slept a great deal today and asked God to direct over and over again. I enjoyed the church service at Andrews University today thanks to the dish and this afternoon we watched a program with lots of good music.

Please pray for Nan especially now, she needs healing so much in so many ways. How we need God's special blessings.


tim and nan and marilyn


  • At 6:00 AM, Anonymous roger and carol said…

    Dear Tim,

    I'm sorry Nan had such a rough week end. I know it brings great concern to you also. At least you were able to get some much needed rest ~ this is good! I know how it feels to wait for a doctor to return a phone call. It's very tough to get through to a doctor anymore. Are they really that busy that they don't return calls? I do realize there are more people in the world, more technology, more to do, but what happened to the personal touch?

    The week end went quite well as far as 2 concerts in an a week end go and it being their first time out. They still have a few bugs to work out, but all in all it went well. They have gone through the usual hassle with ladies dresses, etc. Men don't seem to have the same problem with all wearing the same style. If women would think of it as a uniform instead of a fashion statement I think they would be fine!

    We pray you will have a more restful day today and Nan will have relief from the pain, fever, blockage and discomfort she is experiencing.

    Our love and prayers continue ~ Carol

  • At 8:46 AM, Anonymous Bob & Carrol. said…

    Hi Mustards,

    We are going to have a Choir Reunion(Pot Luck) at Clair's Barn today at 5:00 pm and Everyone will be asking about You Two I'm sure. We will let them all know what We know and that they all need to join the Prayer Chain for Nan's healing & comfort. How We do wish that You Both were able to be there too. Seems like only a short time has passed since We were singing together, those were indeed "Good Times".

    Good to read that Roger's first Concert with the New Group went so well, sure would like to be a part of something like that again but I guess We will have to wait for The Lord's return for that to happen. What a Joy that will be!

    We will Pray today that Nan's temp will hold normal and that She will have less pain and more comfortable time.

    Will send You report from the Party this evening when We get back from Ceres.

    Love & continued Prayers,

    Bob & Carrol.

  • At 2:10 PM, Blogger Glenn & Sandy said…

    Hi Tim:

    So sorry to hear that Nan is having such a tough weekend. Our love and prayers go out to both of you. You are so blessed to have such wonderful friends to help you.
    We had a surprise visit from Dick & Becky, Phyllis & Ron, Roland & Lillian and John and Peggy last weekend. With our neighbors help we managed to get all the rv's on the property. We had a wonderful time and makes us miss our friends at the Tracy Church. We always feel when we visit there we are at home.

    We will be praying that you hear from the doctor soon and they can give Nan something for the fever. I admire you both, you are truly tough people to go through all you have had to endure. I am looking forward to the return of Jesus, so we will no longer have to suffer pain or the sin of this world. My prayer is for Jesus to come quickly.


  • At 9:53 PM, Anonymous Bob & Carrol. said…

    Hi Tim & Nan,

    Just back from the Choral Reunion at Clair's Place. Good turnout and without exception all who were there send You both their best wishes and are praying for You both.

    It was good to see so many long time friends again and the food was not bad either.

    Have a good rest & know there are many prayers going up for You tonight.Everyone wished so much that You could have been there with the group. What good times We shared together singing Praises to the Lord together.

    Love You,

    Bob & Carrol.

  • At 10:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…


    I thought that you could do with a cool trick from the east. I heard this from Zack and it is apparently used by many of the soldiers in Iraq. You should check this out with your doctor before trying it at home. They put their bags of hydration solutions in the ice chest before taking them intravenously. Zack said it was the only time he was cool.

    My grandaughter called me grandpa today it was a wonderful experience along with the hug that came right after that. Pretty much made my day.

    I pray that there will be one of those moments in your day on the morrow.



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