Nan Mustard's Recovery

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

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Family is home

Dear Family and Friends,
We started this day with a big problem. At 6 this morning I discovered Nan had a fever of 102.7. I did what I knew how to do, moved the antibiotic time up from afternoon to then, gave her ibuprofen, took away her covers, turned on the fan and started taking her temp every two minutes it seemed. Finally it began to fall and within an hour it was normal again. nan was very weak from all the fever and remained in bed for several hours until she felt a bit better. She rested and I gave her hydration. I called the doctor to see if we could move the antibiotic to every day but after the nurse consulted with the doctor they decided to stay with the every 48 hours. I was disappointed but they felt that was the best course to protect her kidneys from the strong antibiotic.
Dana and I went to Grandparents day at Keanna's school. We were enchanted by Keanna as she and her class sang a song about grandparents and then another song all with hand movements. Then she and Dana created a beautiful frame for a photo. Keanna does great with the glue now. I was so surprised. Then we headed outside to the well planned play area. We had photos taken and then Keanna headed to the sand area where she enjoyed creating make believe drinks in little cups of sand.
I video tapes all we did so Grammy could enjoy it at home later.
We drove home to find nan was still feeling pretty rough. I took a quick trip to Tracy to do a construction inspection on a beautiful home. Then for a much needed oil change and a burrito at Taco Bell. Then home to finish getting all the medical stuff off the dining room table into boxes so we can enjoy a thanksgiving dinner around that same table.
Jason and Jo arrived early evening and Timothy was a happy boy for a bit until he decided he was very hungry. They retired early to get some rest. Timothy was pretty tired. Nikki and Keanna came about the same time to visit and we had a noise family time, totally enjoyable. Nan was awake from time to time but is so tired and feeling so poorly that she mostly rested.
So this is our situation as of now. Nan is battling infection in her blood stream. Some think it is infection on the end of the picc line and that may be. However I doubt we can get it replaced with her in her present weakened condition so our only hope is for the antibiotic to cure the infection as it flows through the picc line. We have had that happen before. It appears that she is better after the antibiotic is given and then by the time the next one is due she is ill again.
Can we ask for your prayers tonight for this blood infection. It is a very serious situation and she is weakened by it and often less than completely lucid.
We are thankful to have another Thanksgiving to come together as a family and we do realize how many acts of kindness we have experienced in the past year. You have helped make this year possible and livable. We appreciate your friendship and involvement in our lives.

We hope you have a good day tomorrow, a good thanksgiving, a good family day, a day of reflection.

Oh and by the way could you please pray about our lack of cash flow, seems the mailman has forgotten us in the past week and things are getting very dicey here once again.

with our love

tim and nan and marilyn and dana and jason and jo and timothy and clayton
ps Clayton has set up house in the motorhome and since the wireless Internet works out there too he is a very happy guy. Oh to have life that simple.

3 Comments:

  • At 2:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    My prayer for you all is to have a very Happy Thanksgiving Day. We certainly know and understand the meaning of being thankful, even when we face the unknown. We are most thankful to know who holds our hand and thankful we can lean on His promises. Have a great and happy time together. I'll be thinking of you all.

    Love and thankful for each of you, Sharon

     
  • At 3:32 AM, Anonymous roger and carol said…

    Happy Thanksgiving from North Carolina!

    We are all rejoicing for the rain we are getting this morning! We are in a serious drought and the lakes are becoming small ponds very rapidly. We are not promised much rain, but we'll take any we can get.

    How exciting to have the "noise" of family in your home last night and extending on through today. Another reminder of how blessed you are with a very special family.

    Today my prayer is that your day be filled with love, joy and peace in your hearts and that Nan feels well enough to enjoy her family.

    Have a blessed Thanksgiving Day!

    Love and continued prayers ~ Carol

     
  • At 7:12 AM, Anonymous Marilyn in Lincoln said…

    Happy Thanksgiving ~
    I hope Nan can feel well enough today to enjoy her family and friends. Thank you Dana for getting the Thanksgiving fixins ready for all of you.

    Thanksgiving is a good time to remember and let people know that you remember - I am so thankful for the Mustard family.

    Blessings and prayers for all of you today,
    Marilyn

     

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