Sunday, December 7, 2008

Sunday Update

Loved Ones,

Ray is looking a little better. He had a stable night and his fever is gone. We just saw the ICU doctor who is discharging Ray back to the oncology ward.

He continues to cough up small amounts of blood but he is breathing well. They want to do a scope of Ray's lungs to look for infection tomorrow.

In the meantime, they continue to treat Ray with antibiotics and antifungals to try to clear up the problems in his lungs and throat.

It is still not clear exactly the issue with Ray's throat. His doctor says it is unlikely to heal until his white blood cell count increases. And thus Ray is still not able to eat or drink.

However, due to Ray's low counts, they do not plan to scope his stomach but are hoping the inflammation and infection are causing the trouble.

So, for now we are giving the medicine time to work and waiting to be transferred.

We pray for healing for Ray's throat and lungs and that his white blood cells respond and help him to heal. We pray for wisdom and guidance with our kids because we are likely to be here until later this week. We pray continued peace, patience and strength for all of us. We continue to be so thankful for your prayers.

"By day the Lord commands his steadfast love,
and at night his song is with me,
a prayer to the God of my life." Psalm 42:8

not alone and not afraid --

kristin and ray

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