Nan Mustard's Recovery

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

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Somewhat better, Mary visits, Sharon and Judy talk with Nan

Dear Family and Friends,
Tonight we are all tired. Nan has been slightly better today and has had no fevers at all. Terry came this morning and took blood cultures and urine samples and delivered them to the lab in Brentwood. I left for the field at about 11 and went to Oakland, then San Jose and then Campbell. Along the way the GPS found an Applebees for me somewhere and I got to have that special vege pizza with Gorgonzola cheese, spinach, diced tomatoes, white sauce. Dolly introduced me to it and now I'm hooked. Tasty but not to much, just right. I found an old lunch card that was punched out and so lunch was free. At 5 I left San Jose area to head home and I got home at 7:30, traffic was pretty bad along the way. Brought Taco Bell for Marilyn's dinner and found Mary here visiting. Nan was awake some and mostly asleep while Mary was here. She is less shaky today, slightly more lucid. Marilyn told me that Sharon had called and nan got to talk to her, that is always special for her and this morning our friend Judy from Tracy called and Nan happened to be awake so they got to talk some too.
At this point we are not sure if Nan will move to the bed to sleep tonight or stay in the chair. I think we should try the bed but its up to her I guess. I think moving around a little is good for the body and different pressure points come into play. Also the bed is way more comfortable than the chair, I know because I slept in the bed last night and it was great, really great. Tomorrow we have to get after the Nexavar people, we only have 1.5 days of drug left and we need more, yikes.
I've thought a lot about our situation today and especially about Nan and how she has chosen to live her life over the years. She has made this family her first priority making sure we had food, clothes, gifts, travel and her love. She and Nikki pick out the best cards for special occasions, always say just the right thing. I know Nan misses being Nan now as she has been so self contained and self driven, never really cared much what other people thought, did not live her life on others agenda, pretty amazing woman, hard to totally describe but pretty amazing. I hope you feel about your spouse like I feel about Nan, like the best person ever to get to be with over the years in good times and bad, wealth and poor, traveling or staying at home, walking the beaches in Hawaii many times or driving to appraisal appointments, choir meetings and programs. Nan is a great traveler, packs well, always looks good, is pleasant even in pressure times and is not selfish.
This morning I took some time to just tell her what I thought of her and she took it all in. She said it was beautiful. AT this point in time everything has to be very direct for Nan to understand it clearly, no jokes, no hints, just direct communication.
Last night at midnight right after I blogged I got hit with a rare low blood sugar moment. Once I realized what was taking place I raided the frig and had some wonderful banana nut bread Mary had brought, some cottage cheese and some orange juice and within a few minutes I felt better, good enough to head to bed and sleep well. It was surprising and unsettling. I am also considering stopping taking Avandia since several reports now suggest it has a strong relationship to heart issues.
Tonight we are grateful for the quick actions of the doctor and the home health group that got the antibiotics to us by 9 last night. I believe they are helping Nan feel better already.
Please keep Nan in your prayers and thoughts, if you have tried to call and not gotten her please try again, don't worry about her sleep, she can go back to sleep and will when you are done talking. Be patient and listen very carefully as she can hardly speak above a whisper these days.

So we send our love

tim and nan and marilyn


  • At 2:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Was so good to hear Nan's voice! Weak, yes, but it was there and I could understand everything she said. Makes me feel better to hear her. She sounded great to me, not quite ready to hit the mall, but great. We have made a lot of fun memories together and have laughed over so many things that only she and I would understand.

    Love to each of you and prayers for a good day. Remember that you are still in His hands.


  • At 5:08 AM, Anonymous roger and carol said…

    Good Morning from TN,

    When we got here on Wednesday it was in the 70's. Yesterday's high was 42 and windy! Brrrr! We've seen that happen before, so we were prepared for it. I did buy a scarf though.

    So glad Nan is feeling "somewhat" better. She does sound so very weak however. Again you were victorious on Nan's behalf and got all the supplies, medications and tests that you wanted. You have learned well from her how to get around the medical red tape. We trust it you are all at peace today and God is near each of you.

    Love and Prayers ~ Carol

  • At 9:58 AM, Anonymous Bob & Carrol. said…

    Hi Mustards,

    Glad to read that Nan is a bit more stable now and that the meds arrived in time. We had a busy day Yesterday. Dentist, Senior center Lunch and a little shopping with Dinner afterwards at Spaghetti Factory. Two for one is such a good deal!

    This Evening is Choir Practice for Sabbath Service. We are singing three numbers . Two at Offeretory and the Special Music Number is "Great is Thy Faithfulness".So far so good as far as Us singing goes, Short of breath control and how Our ranges have narrowed over the last 5 Years since We stopped Singing.

    Here's hoping that You have a good day today and a restful Sabbath too.

    We look forward to seeing You soon.

    Love and continued Prayers for You Both,

    Bob & Carrol.

    PS; Memorial Service today at noon for a Young Lady (59) that has been a long time aquaintence. She died of Cancer only a month from Her Diagnosis. She just gave up . Her Children are feeling a great loss but both of them say that that is the way She wanted it to be. "No Treatment"

  • At 9:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…


    Tim enjoys a pizza at Applebees after his retirement from chefdom. There is one bright spot from the sad end to this promising career as a chef. Marilyn gets to eat. Congrats!



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