Nan Mustard's Recovery

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

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Stickers on our arms..

Dear Family and Friends,
When Keanna comes to visit she finds her stickers and before she leaves she places a sticker or two on each of our arms, tonight she could not reach Grammy's arms and she was asleep so she put them on the arm of the chair. Those stickers show up for days afterwards and every one brings back a moment of joy, a moment when little angel cared enough to spread her brand of fun and life with all those around her. Thank you Keanna for being so sweet and loving.
Tomorrow Dana and I will leave the house at 10:30 to attend a grandparents day at Keanna's school in Brentwood. She will join her classmates and sing songs including signing, she will make crafts with us and she will then get to come home with us. She is so excited and I'll admit we are pretty excited too. As usual I have some work conflicts but they will have to be put aside so can keep this important appointment with Keanna.
Marilyn has been by Nan's side all day today and it is a day that started pretty well. When Nan woke this morning she and I talked about things for awhile. It was only 63 in the room and when the furnace would not start she pointed to the wood stove and said, why not that? So I gathered a few pieces of wood and some trash and we had a little fire which took the chill off the room. We got her moved to the chair and then I had to leave for a long trip to Madera to see a very nice home, then back the same long trip to arrive home at 5:10. Nan had a hard time sleeping but has rested some over the past couple hours. She took her pills at 8:15 and then is getting ready to move back to the bed for the night. The drainage from the fistula is much less now and has much less odor which to me suggests we had some infection going there.
This morning Lisa from Critical Care called to let me know results of the blood work. Hemoglobin is holding steady again, creatins are also holding steady, white count is 11.4 same as last week too. This evening the shipment of 4 boxes of supplies arrived and are now all put away. We have several days worth of the antibiotic to put in every 48 hours. Tomorrow afternoon we will do the next treatment.
We are so thrilled that Jason and Jo are coming tomorrow evening or afternoon. We have given them the master suite since we don't use it and Dana has it all ready for them. Clean new sheets just out of the bag. It will wonderful to get to see them again and to catch up with baby Timothy again and see all his new behaviors.
I'm very tired this evening and I do plan to go to bed early.
Nan is preparing mentally for the trip to bed where she will rest easy for the night, we hope. Her pain level is much less now and her mental clarity is pretty good now as well. Mostly she just feels tired, very tired these days.
Please keep Nan in your prayers and pray that the tumors might be reduced and that she might find new strength and joy.
We send our love,

Tim and Nan and Dana and Marilyn


  • At 10:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    :=] :-> <:I :*} !-} (:> <(:>

    /;] Just thought I throw a few blog stickers on your screen. Maybe Keanna can help with these as well.

    Enjoy your grandparent day grampy!



  • At 5:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Good Morning,

    Wonderful Nan is more alert and the antibotic is working for her.

    I wanted to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving Day tomorrow.

    Love to you both,

    Sue M

  • At 6:49 AM, Anonymous roger and carol said…

    Ah, what a day for anticipation ~ Jason, Jo and little Timothy coming for a sleep over, delicious smells coming from Dana's kitchen, and looking forward to another day of Thanksgiving for another year of life. Too bad Nan won't be able to enjoy Dana's cooking, but she will definitely enjoy having her family near.

    We will be spending Thanksgiving with my Dad and Barbara and with friends. All the cottages will be full, so we won't be going very far. It's not the same without my whole family together, but as our kids remind us, it was our choice to move away....

    Roger is on a mission today to conquer the leaves. They will be off the driveways, porches and roof tops. Of course the shrubs are buried under the piles of leaves, but at least they are off the roadways! He has a real "thing" about the leaves! They are almost all down now, so soon he will be able to relax again.

    We hope you have a very good day today. Enjoy your family!

    Love and prayers ~ Carol

  • At 8:22 AM, Anonymous Bob & Carrol. said…

    Hi Tim, Nan & Family,

    We are glad to read that Nan is doing better and that Thanksgiving is going to be a good family time for You & Yours.

    We will be taking My mother out for Thanksgiving Dinner at 11:30,Her regular Lunch time. It will be a quiet restful day . We have Company ( My Nephew Steve Mitchell & His Wife Anna from Tustin) coming for Saturday afternoon & they will be spending the Night with Us. They will need to leave Sunday AM to get back Home for Work on Monday.

    Dr's and Lab appointments for both of Us today so again We will be waiting for results . Seems that this routine never stops.

    Love & Prayers,

    Bob & Carrol.


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