Nan Mustard's Recovery

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

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Sabbath, gentle rain, extra rest, Nan very low.

Dear Family and Friends,
As I write Pam and Marilyn are talking quietly in the family room while Nan rests. She woke before 8 pm to take her pills. I usually give her Zophram to head off any nausea before pills. I have been gone much of the day today with Nikki and Keanna. Marilyn has faithfully been by Nan's side and reports that Nan has been mostly asleep and when awake has stomach pains and legs pains. She has spoken little and while alert has little energy to speak right now. At the present time her throat and mouth are dry, too dry to allow the formation of very many words.
This evening Marilyn changed the dressing and found it very wet, saturated actually with fluids but without blood clots. We may have to change the dressing twice a day for awhile to keep it dry as once does not seem to be doing very well at keeping up. We had hoped that Pam could wash Nan's hair but Nan really does not feel up to it today, just too weak.
Last night Nan slept most of the night through. Keanna woke once calling out for her mother and I went in to see if she was OK and she said, Hi Pappa and then went back to sleep. I think she just wanted reassurance when she woke and was not at home like usual. She woke about 7 and ask quietly for breakfast. I reluctantly climbed out from underneath this light weight blanket Starr and I have been sleeping under, it was suddenly very cold. Keanna ate everything I put before her this morning. I was amazed, she was hungry. Then I showered and she got dressed for Sabbath School. She enjoyed being at Sabbath School with many other children and then stayed for Avalanche Ranch, the VBS program, then she asked for Olive Garden so we did that too. Then home to see Nan and Marilyn, to bring Marilyn lunch and to rest for awhile. We've done little other than rest all day and it feels good.
I woke this morning nursing a cold but after taking some Airborne, orange juice, vitamin Cs I'm feeling much better now. I was very sleepy driving home from Olive Garden, full of salad and soup and bread I began to fade.
It was a very precious experience to get to see so many of our friends at the Tracy Seventh-day Adventist Church. I had a chance to report on Nan's condition and status to several close friends and to just be affirmed once again with pledges of daily prayer for her recovery, it was very good. The Tracy SDA Church is a special place filled with very unusual and dedicated individuals who genuinely care for Nan and love her. Judy has been a special friend over the years and she always asks about Nan and cares so much.

Another week has passed, we are not in a hospital, Nan is not running a high fever, is lucid and appears to be holding her own. While we are very thankful for every good thing that happens we long for her to gain strength and be able to be a bit more in control of her own life. Yet we accept what God provides.

For those of you remembering our financial realities two checks came in the mail today. That will help cover last Fridays payroll. Thank you Lord. We have tremendous challenges coming up financially in the next 7 days and I'm asking for the Lord's help once again. Do I deserve it, no, but His promises are real and His answers are real as well.

Thank you to each person that responded to the blog today. It was so good to hear from Sharon, Sue, Bob and Carol and Roger and Carrol as well as Wes. Thanks for reading and caring each and every one of you.


tim and nan and pam and the ever faithful Marilyn!


  • At 11:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Tim and Nan:

    You may want to give Nan small pieces of ice cubes to help with Nan's mouth being dry.

    Art and I were at the Hollister church most of the day - it was good day and learned a lot. The Pastor there is a great speaker, we stayed for potluck and after that for another study. Came home for a walk and made it just in time before the rain started. It is almost 11:30PM and it is still raining here in Gilory.

    Wishing you a restful night and that tomorrow brings you peace and much less pain for Nan.

  • At 2:05 AM, Anonymous barbie said…

    Aloha again to our friends, the Mustards, Marilyn, and Keanna,
    Sounds like you had a nice restful Sabbath Day. We were at the Lahaina SDA Church here in Maui and we enjoyed the potluck lunch and a visit with friends from Sacramento plus going to some friends' home here in Maui who live off the road going to Halakala (I know this is spelled wrong). The view from their beautiful home is tremendous. They used to live in Alaska when their children were small and she learned to fly a pontoon airplane and said that was her "car" and she would put her children in the plane and they would fly to a little island and go camping. On the pontoons they would carry their canoes. Interesting people.
    After Sabbath we went to Home Depot and got a new ladder for Mike. He worked out a place to store it -- under their bed! This condo is small but Sandie has it decorated so very nice and we are trying to be careful and put everything away each time we come home so it will look tidy.
    Tomorrow is Mike and Sandie's 18th anniversary and our 51st. We are going to a nice place for dinner.
    Our prayers are continuing for Nan's comfort. It was nice Pam could be there for the day and sorry Nan missed out on having a shampoo...maybe next time. Hi to Marilyn! Love, Barbie

  • At 5:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hi Tim,

    I'm sure you have heard about artificial saliva. It is available in an aerosol can. It doesn't do everything that real saliva does but it cleans and lubicates the mouth to protect the teeth and let the tongue articulate words better. It may keep the teeth from decay especially along the gum line.
    You do not need a prescription but it is not normally on the pharmacist shelf so he will probably need to order it in.
    You and Nan are an inspiration to me regarding faithfulness,spousal loyalty and just plain grit.I have great admiration for you both.Thanks for sharing the article by press secretary Snow. It was wonderful.After reading it all I could say was wow. What a writer.

    Love to you both

  • At 8:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…


    It was great to see a part of the Mustard clan at Sabbath School and children's church today. Nikki and Keanna were able to make it back for the evening fall festival and a good time was had by all. I was in charge of hosting the smoorse fire but there were so many people that wanted the job of hanging around the Lanzanator Washtub fire on this dark and lightly stormy night that I was able to kick back and visit with friends and family most of the time. Very plesant indeed. The rain came down on cue right as we started cleaning up! Don't remember many better days. There was that camping trip to the Dardinelles where hell came down and the view of Lake Tahoe was spectacular. These are a few of my favorite things.

    Sometimes it is good to just relish the moment. ( when times are good ) and sometimes it is good to relish the big picture ( when the moments are not so good ). I pray that today your moments will match the beautiful big picture which is the story of our lives!


  • At 5:05 AM, Anonymous roger and carol said…

    Where are you this morning? Not being able to read the blog, my day is not starting out right. It causes your faithful readers to worry. Did Tim's health break? Is Nan ok? Maybe Tim is just getting tired of blogging?

    We do want you to know we love you and are praying for you today.

    Love and prayers ~ Carol

  • At 5:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Good Morning,

    I echo the concern that there is no Sunday blog.

    Hopes that you,Tim, are just too tired from your cold and everything.

    So many good ideas for the saliva for Nan. The side effects of drugs can be so devastating and unknown.

    You know, you can even get dry shampoo for Nan's hair if she is up to it. Although, "when one feels really bad and down" hair is not really important.

    I hope that strength and healing come to both of you this morning.

    So many changes in life, I think about all that goes on, and is about to go on, in my family and others I know, and wonder.

    So, I pray "thy will be done" and go about the day. Today the sun is shining and it is cool.

    love to you both

    sue m

  • At 8:03 AM, Anonymous Bob & Carrol. said…

    Hi Tim Nan & Marilyn,

    Something is missing this morning! I hope that You are doing better with Your cold and that Nan had a better day.

    We too continue to pray for You and think of You often.

    Bob & Carrol.


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