Nan Mustard's Recovery

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

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Calm day, Nan thinks there might be slight tumor reduction.

Dear Family and Friends,
Its almost midnight, house is quiet, marilyn turned in about an hour ago and Nan stayed up with me until a few minutes ago. Considering all that she goes through she is a remarkably sweet person and so loving. We made the move to and from the recliner today without any bleeding for which we are thankful. Midmorning today the wound care nurse came and changed the nephrostomy perk u stays and also checked out the front wound / fistula. She said she could only detect a very tiny place where bleeding might have taken place and found no blood during her dressing change. Nan's only complaint was that she was very slow and that prolonged the pain from the process. marilyn said that after she left Nan went immediatelly to sleep and slept for some time.
I went to Modesto today to inspect a property that was one of the worst I have ever seen. Floors were uneven and broken, roof hung uneven in several places, leantos were built on sides of the house for storage, the entire home was substandard and very marginal, of course there were many cats, dogs and a large host of flys to follow ones every move. At one point flees were dropping unto my clipboard. It is hard to see how anyone would ever loan money on this property. I celebrated seeing this lovely home by having lunch at Olive Garden on the way back. I was talking to Art and he guided me as I did not remember which exit to take. He and Connie are doing well and as usual busy taking care of business, friends, Art's moms property and other projects.
Nan was commenting this evening that she thinks there might be a slight reduction of the big tumor. At this point its very hard to tell but it is not as hot as it used to be, is less bright red and shows fewer blood vessels just under the skin. We are hopeful. Today a package of materials, creams, literature and pill boxes arrived at the front door to help Nan as she uses the medicine.
This evening we all enjoyed watching a new episode of CSI Las Vegas and then Without a Trace. They were both the same story and had characters from both shows. Very interesting and a change from the pressures of the day.
Our dear Marilyn continues to be so helpful to Nan, sometimes they nap, sometimes they talk and often Marilyn can be seen rubbing nan's leg or foot which often hurts. Tonight Marilyn and I decided on pizza and yes it was very good. Of course we both ate too much and no there is none left in the frig.
I keep wondering how the Roger and Carol story will play out. They simply cannot keep up the pace they are on, they have to have some help and we can only pray that God has a really good solution for them. I was saddened to hear that Bob and Carrol's van got bumped. This is a van that has never known dirt or any disorder. Bob keeps his things so perfectly and to think of it bumped, yikes.
I think we all need to remember Sharon as she has so much on her plate right now. And our son in law Steve is ill today, he too needs our evening prayers. It might be nice to also ask God to help our clients remember to mail checks in. Its been a very dry week and were it not for the gifts to the recovery fund and those checks from my classmates this would be a disaster week. Thank you for your help.
I got a much needed boost today. I received 5 orders from a condo project I work at up in Rohnert park. Seems they had an auction and sold many units last weekend. Well 5 orders is enough to justify a 2 hour drive up for the day. We appreciate the orders.
So another day passes and I think nan really had a fairly good day, yes there were times of intense leg pain or thigh pain but there were also moments of peace and rest.
The weekend is coming and I always enjoy that time of rest and togetherness. We think that Irene may be home by weekend too from her surgery. I know she is probably very ready to make the big move home to be with Ron.
We send our love,

tim and nan and marilyn


  • At 6:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…


    Good morning readers this is your trusty blog repoter Wes with an news flash. Yes we have the disovery of the day! We have discovered a chink in the armor of both Tim and Marilyn! Yes folks after many long months of investgation we have found flaws in what was previously thought to be perfection. Remember you heard it here first.

    Yesterday at dark o'thirty Tim and Marilyn were observed eating pizza in their home. During this eating frenzy every crumb of pizza was consumed. Nothing left in the fridge for friends that might drop by. The is no evidence of this dasturdly deed. Every crumb was licked up and the box hidden in the neighbors recycle bin. The only evidence against these two previously assumed perfect individuals is the thin smile on
    their faces!

    Rremember that you heard it here first. Tim and Marilyn are normal!

    OK a little bit normal.=]


  • At 2:51 PM, Anonymous roger and carol said…

    The day is drawing to a close here on the East coast and we are slowing down our pace. Actually, it has been a rather quiet Friday for a change. The leaves are 3/4 down and there is a chill in the air. Floridians head for the south about the 1st of November.

    We have another interview on Monday with a local couple. They have 2 children. I hope that is not a liability. If well behaved it will be ok. We have learned not to get too excited too soon. On Wednesday Roger and I are taking a few days off. A couple from the church is covering for us and we are headed to we don't know where yet, but away from here. We both NEED a break!!! Lakemont probably needs a break from us also.

    Good news that it seems the tumor is shrinking and no more bleeding. Maybe this will lower the pain level and get some of the pressure off her other organs that she has left.

    Have a restful blessed day with some quality time together.

    Continued love and prayers ~ Carol


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