January 23, 2008

Prayer for Dr. Cook

Would you please pray for Dr. Cook’s white blood cell count? It needs to be at 4.5, and last week, after the treatment subsided, it had dropped to 0.8. This Monday, it was at 0.4.

In addition, could you pray also for his blood platelet count? His platelet count has dropped over the last two weeks. The normal should be at 130,000, but over the weekend, it was around 13,000, causing him to have continuous nose bleeds on Sunday. On Monday, he went into the hospital to receive blood platelets on an outpatient basis, and that was able to raise his count to 33,000. He will be going back to the doctor on Thursday to see if any more transfusions are needed.

Dr. Cook is very happy that he has not had to be hospitalized again. His doctors say that all of these issues with his blood are normal for this round of chemotherapy, but we hope to see his counts rise soon.

Dr. Cook has continued to go to his piano and play various hymns of the faith. One in particular has given him much comfort and joy – “Trusting Jesus.” He asked that we share the first stanza of this hymn with you.

Simply trusting every day,
Trusting through a stormy way;
Even when my faith is small,
Trusting Jesus, that is all.


Trusting as the moments fly,
Trusting as the days go by;
Trusting Him whate’er befall,
Trusting Jesus, that is all.

Thank you again for your prayers.