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The Immune System

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Quick Update
I haven’t written this last week because there was not much to write about. I know that I owe you a follow up to the last email where I dealt with some of the theology behind why bad things happen and to whom they happen. I am saving up my creative juices for that one and looking for the time when I am wide awake and fully clear of mind. It’s not an easy subject to talk about suffering. I want to give it my best.

In the meantime, I want to let you know where I am with my chemo.

Side effects
The good news on the side effects is that the worst of them seem to have avoided me. I attribute this specifically to the prayers of the saints who have persistently asked for maximum cancer killing effect and minimum side effects on my behalf. I have a little nausea, some persistent fatigue (which is normal for almost everyone in chemo), and that’s about it.

Thank you so much for your prayers! Keep them coming, they really make the difference. You are directly affecting my healing when you pray, and I am so very grateful.

Immune System
The one side effect that is not felt, but is quite real is the immune system. Because I am getting a 24/7 dose of 5FU chemo via a pump, it is having a negative effect on my white blood cell count and other things that provide me the ability to fight off infection. When I got my pump refilled today, my Absolute Neutrophil Count was just above where it had to be to receive treatment. The nurse said that if it continues to fall at the rate it has been, we would not be able to receive treatment next week.

Please pray for my immune system to rebound. This is crucial to me being able to receive chemo and I need to stay healthy. Also, it keeps me from getting an infection that is also very risky for me at this point.

How you can pray:

  • Please pray for my immune system. It is in need of your fervent prayers.
  • Please pray for my nutrition. I have stopped losing weight, but still need to gain some.
  • Please pray for Bonnie’s peace of mind. Several things have intruded on her in the last 24 hours (my immune system report being one of them) that have been very difficult for her to hear.
  • Please pray for Jimmy. He graduates from college tonight, but because of the crowd and the long program, I will not be in attendance. He is dealing with this just fine. I am not doing as well.
  • Please pray for maximum effect of cancer eradication, and minimum side effects.
  • Please continue to pray for our financial provision. God has answered our prayers in great ways lately and I hope to share some of them with you soon.

Thank you in advance for your prayers. I am praying for you as I write this.

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