Welcome to our CaringBridge website for John Hodroff. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting and please feel free to share his site.
John is in Critical Condition at PIH Hospital in Whittier CA, diagnosed with Severe Acute Pancreatitis. He has been there since December 18th.
Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas. The pancreas is a long, flat gland that sits tucked behind the stomach in the upper abdomen. The pancreas produces enzymes that help digestion and hormones that help regulate the way your body processes sugar (glucose). Pancreatitis can occur as acute pancreatitis — meaning it appears suddenly and lasts for days. Severe cases of pancreatitis can cause life-threatening complications.
John is in critical condition but has an amazing team of doctors working around the clock helping to fight for his life. John was in a coma on a ventilator for over a week. This was followed by a tracheotomy procedure in which they removed the ventilator and slowly allowed him to wake. He is now receiving oxygen through the trach. His pancreas is very infected. His kidneys, lungs and pancreas have all been affected to which point they were starting to all shut down. He has many tubes in him, and machines that are doing a lot of work for him. He is undergoing dialysis for his kidneys. He has been fighting a fever today of 103. They have him on a broad spectrum of antibiotics. At this time he is not able to talk but he can open his eyes. Some days he is more alert than others as his body is really working hard to fight.
John's sister Laurie and his Parents Deb and Jeff are in California by his side.
To anyone that knows John and is visiting this site, please share with him your thoughts, prayers and good wishes! This is going to be a long road to recovery for him, his family, and friends. We could all use this to come together and let him know we are there for him and are cheering him on in this long recovery.