January 18, 2008

Prayer for Dr. Cook

Thank you so much for your prayers for Dr. Cook. Today marks one week after the end of his third round of chemotherapy, and he has been back and forth from the doctor all week as they have continued to monitor him and run various tests.

Last week, his white blood cell count was at 5.9, which was in the normal range and allowed him to take the chemotherapy. Today, it came back at 0.5. The doctor said that this is normal for the after-effects of chemotherapy.

In addition, his platelet count has dropped below normal which is a concern in regard to bleeding. Currently, his red blood cell count has remained adequate enough so that he will not have to have a blood transfusion.

Thankfully, he has been able to remain at his home this week and has not had to return to the hospital, which many patients going through this have to do.

Would you please pray for his white blood cell count to rise back to normal? Also would you pray that his platelet count also rises to where it needs to be? In addition, we would appreciate it if you could pray for him to be protected from any sickness or illness, as he is very susceptible to germs and viruses during this time.

Dr. Cook asked that we share with you that over the past week he has read over and over again Matthew 11:28-30.

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

These words have been a great comfort to him, and he has continued to ask the Lord to teach him what He desires (as is stated in verse 29).

Thank you again for all of your prayers.