Nan Mustard's Recovery

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

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Sylvia is a big help today!

Dear Friends and Family,
Its evening, Nan is sitting in her recliner with freshly washed hair, newly painted toe nails, fresh gown, but unfortunately Nan is still having pain. Sylvia managed to get Nan's pain under control today by a generous use of Dilautid. Critical care even had to make a special delivery of more today as we were running out. Suddenly we are using much more than in the past and yet it is not totally controlling her pain.
Sylvia almost was not able to come to visit today. Steve precious little mother fell and broke a hip. She is having surgery this afternoon and Steve was able to keep an eye on her plus work so kind Sylvia still came here and helped with so many things, sinks sparkle, counters are clear, we are much more organized, she even found the Roxinol which we had lost sight of.
She helped Nan get through the day with minimal pain, maximum rest. Now she is awake with fresh Dilautid on board but with some pain still.
I left home this morning about 9:30 and drove to Richmond, then Walnut Creek, the Brentwood, then a ranchette with two manufactured homes, then on to a house with 5 acres that has been used as a head quarters for a major wind farm company. Finally I was able to come home. Long day, three were COD which is great news for the bottom line at the bank.
I'm looking forward to both of us having some rest tonight, even if we are awakened at times to find pain meds.
I had a chance to speak to Roxanna today, got a text message from Marilyn confirming her safe trip home, talked to Art, my brother Jerry and many business calls. We are suddenly quite busy with new work, much of which is highly unusual in nature. We are thankful but in the next day or two we face a visit to the hospital for a blood transfusion, a 10 hour experience usually. That will be tough for Nan to manage in her present condition.
This evening we have the doors open with cool breezes blowing through, Nan is resting quietly in her chair finally and a Murder She Wrote is on the TV. nan sleeps better with the TV on in the background, I find it hard to sleep that way. Last night we both went to sleep with the TV on, several programs later she woke me to say she could not find the remote. I was glad for the silence and went to sleep. We were awake about 7 times last night with pain and suffering. It seemed like I was only falling asleep when we had to be up again. I was glad when morning came.
Tomorrow I will stay in, care for Nan, create appraisals, work on Taxes, deposit money etc. Jason and Timothy may come over tomorrow and we sure look forward to seeing them. It seems like a long time since we have seen them.
Well now we wind up another day, still searching for meaning to the pain, for relief from the pain, with thankful hearts for Sylvia's ministry today. She is really amazing in all that she knows and can do while she is here. Thanks Sylvia and Steve too for sharing her on this tramatic day for your mom.

Please pray for Nan tonight seeking God to step up to the plate and help a little extra with the right pain control. Please God do your magic.


tim and nan

ps Looking forward to seeing Barb and Gerry, Roxanna and soon Sharon!


  • At 9:49 PM, Anonymous Bob & Carrol. said…

    Hi Tim & Nan,

    Pre-Op appointments went well today for Carrol and Her Surgery is tomorrow at 7:30 so need to turn in now and get some rest.I will write tomorrow about noon and fill You in on results. Dr says Carrol should be Home by noon. He says things should go well.

    Good Night for now and as always We will be Praying for You Both , Thanks to Sylvia for the kind & tender care that You provided today,

    Bob & Carrol.

  • At 3:49 AM, Anonymous roger and carol said…

    Good Morning!

    Another angel there yesterday and Nan now has the luxury of clean hair. What a blessing you have in such good friends!

    Another blessing in having good work in a Real-estate slump. It sounds like things are looking up just a bit on the income. As long as you have enough for the house payment, the power bill, Nan's health insurance, payroll and gas in your car you can stay afloat a little longer. God provides our "needs". Hey, your little red car still looks great! I would think you should be able to sell it.

    Today is back to "normal" again and back to the routine of Lakemont. So, I'm off to the "Y" first thing then back to work.

    We continue to pray for God's will to be done and for relief from pain for both of you.

    Love and prayers ~ Carol

  • At 6:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…


    I to have been on the receiving end of Sylvia's many gifts. She is the reason we have such a great Sabbath School for our children at church. If you ever get a chance to sub for her you will find out. Everything, I mean everything is organized and ready for you to give the lesson, she really has the gift.

    Some of us of course do not have the organizational gift. You may have seen the commercial for the storage company. The one where the lady opens the garage and says "I know it's in here some where," and then she presses the remote key and the car headlights under all the junk come on. Well they got that idea from my garage.

    What's in your garage?

    I pray the the PAIN movers will show up at your residence and remove the excess pain. Today would be good.



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