December 20, 2007

Prayer for Dr. Cook

Dr. Cook visited the doctor today, and he wanted to give us an update. So far, everything is looking very good in regard to his treatment, and he will plan on beginning his next (third) round of chemotherapy on December 31, New Year’s Eve.

However, his doctor did note that his white blood cell count had dropped. This is not out of the ordinary when someone undergoes chemotherapy, but this count will need to rise. In this state, his immune system is not as strong as it could be, and he is susceptible to getting sick. If he does become ill, and in turn his fever goes up, then he may have to be hospitalized.

Dr. Cook asked if we could please pray specifically for his white blood cell count to rise back to normal. If it does, then he will be able to undergo the next round of chemo on an out-patient basis, but if it does not, and he becomes ill with a fever, then he will have to spend the beginning of the New Year in the hospital.

Thank you so much for your prayers. They have sustained Dr. Cook, and other than his white blood cell count being low, he is feeling much better and gaining strength. We appreciate all the care and concern that you have shown to him and his family and the DBU family during this time.

Dr. Cook has two passages that he wanted to share with you.

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.
- 1 Peter 5:10

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
- Hebrews 12:1-3

May God bless you, and may you have a wonderful Christmas celebrating the birth of our Savior and the Great Physician, Jesus Christ.