Nan Mustard's Recovery

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

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Sylvia colors Nan's hair!

Dear Family and Friends,
Nan got her roots colored today and she is thrilled. Sylvia arrived this morning well before I finally got out the door, lots of business stuff all of a sudden to deal with before I left. Then I was on the road with some good banana nut bread from Sylvia, a mocha and a banana, what a breakfast. I saw a nice townhome in Danville and then off to Isleton along the river. I finally found the house, 40' high with a panoramic view of the water and the land behind the levee. Of course they are not done and the bank is getting a bit nervous so wanted an update appraisal. Then back to Brentwood to drop reports off at the wonderful writer, Jean, a life saver if there ever was one. Then home to allow Sylvia to head home. She has a full agenda for the next several weeks including the wonderful woman's retreat at Leoni Meadows next weekend. Thank you Sylvia for being such a good friend, a good helper and today a wonderful hair dresser.
Last night we were up at 12:30, 2:30, 3:45 and then 7:30 for pain meds. Sort of a rough night managing the pain. There are tears once in a while and mostly soft moaning as the pains gradually move about but never go away. Nan has upped her oxycontin to 140 morning and night now to try to get a handle on the base pain. There comes a time in the morning when she can no longer handle being in bed and wants to come down, same in the late evening when she is ready for bed, each offering comfort for some hours and then getting old. The gentle stomach pump works perfectly and we only stop it when she takes pills which we do not want sucked right out of her system before she can digest them.
We are nearing the end of the antibiotics with only about 1 day to go and the urine is now running clear again.
Nan got a call from Social Security this afternoon. They said that as soon as we can produce a birth certificate for her the funds will be released. Of course the amount they mentioned is about 1/3 less than what the lawyer figured we should receive so I'll check with him in the morning to see if he wants to appeal or lean on them. Anyway it is finally happening and I want to thank all the people who have had a part in getting this process done. I also have someone interested in the Fiero and will know by Monday if that is going to happen or not. IRS has agreed to extend the date that they lien everything until Oct. 26 which helps a great deal. Gradually I have been able to pay the minimums on all the things due this month, it has been a pretty amazing month really, do you remember how it started? about 12 days with no money coming in! Yes I still have a stack of things to pay like garbage, drinking water, MLS dues for one of our boards we all depend on, many small medical bills.
Tonight I am about as tired as one can be, just can't get the same sleep when one wakes up several times during the night. However in the perspective of waking to being alone while Nan is away at the hospital, I'll take this any day. She wants to be at home and trust my care over the hospital and I intend to do my best to assist her in her brave approach to life. There is nothing easy or pleasant about what Nan has to endure now, there are a few bright moments like when I showed her Timothy lifting his head in a video clip jason and jo sent. Just too precious for words. And when Keanna comes wisking into our lives with her games, note pads, dresses... that is pure joy.
I'm wishing I could be a helper for Roger and Carol this month as they face their biggest month and are losing their helper, they need our prayers of support.
We ask that you continue to remember Nan in prayer, I'm not even sure what to pray for anymore. I long for pain relief, for her to be able to eat something, to enjoy some waking moments without torture, to be able to take a ride in the car without it being such a huge ordeal for her. God loves Nan and I have to trust that He knows best.


tim and nan


  • At 4:07 AM, Anonymous roger and carol said…

    Good morning~
    Here comes another day ~ ready or not! God sent you yet another angel to help out yesterday and she comes with hair color no less. Wow! That can make a lady's day.

    Tim, the 1/3 less on the SS check is probably the lawyer's share. No, it isn't fair, but that's how much they take out of your check. That's pretty much the going rate. Sorry.

    So glad Carrol is doing so well! Of course she will play her clarinet on Monday. She is one determined lady. Sorry, Bob, I don't take in any extra laundry and cleaning. My book is full!

    Today I am praying for more rest for you both! The body doesn't function well without getting enough sleep. The constant pain is exhausting for you both and lack of sleep on top of it makes it worse. Nan can sleep during the day, but it is not advisable for you to nap while driving! When you are home you are busy in the office or caring for Nan's needs. No time to sleep!

    May you have a good day today and may God send you yet another angel to stay with Nan. Sabbath is on its way to bring you rest for body and soul. Ah, blessed rest!

    Love and Prayers ~ Carol

  • At 10:33 AM, Anonymous Bob & Carrol said…

    Hi Tim & Nan,

    Never mind Carol, I just finished the House cleaning and the last load of laundry is in the Drier, You are off the hook for now!

    How We are Praying that Nan will be granted a peacefull day with less pain to deal with.

    Social Security is a piece of work isn't it? You pay all of Your working life into it and to get Your "Own Money" back You need to Hire a Lawyer! What have We come to? I guess the thing to do is be a S.S. Lawyer Your Job should be secure in that field.

    Our dear friend Rosie (Just lost her Husband Dick 2 weeks ago to Cancer) spent nearly 4 hours in the S.S. office Here in Lodi Yesterday going through hoops to prove that He is in fact gone and that She is due a portion of His S.S. All they would need to do is read the local Obituaries but What can You say? No one does the obvious in Government Positions except to waste Time & Our Money !!

    Have a good day and We will Call You this evening to check on a visit Tomorrow Afternoon.

    Love You,

    Bob & Carrol.


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