Welcome to the Caring Bridge website we've created for our dad, brother, and friend, John "Hoagie" Hogue. We encourage everyone to share this website, upload photo's, share memories, leave messages, and check for updates.
On Thursday, August 4th John went to a doctor appointment as he had not been feeling well for quite some time. It was suggested he head over to the hospital for fluids as he was dehydrated, and for some blood work. While undergoing the admitting process, John suffered a major heart attack. It took close to 20 minutes of CPR and 4 shocks with a defibrillator to bring him back. He was rushed to the Cath lab where a blood clot in his heart was removed, and a blockage was somewhat opened with a balloon device. He was then admitted to ICU and placed on a ventilator.
Prior concerns led to an investigation for internal bleeding with an endoscopy of his stomach. Needed stents for his heart cannot be placed if he were bleeding internally. Our worst fears were realized with the results of the endoscopy. John has cancer beginning in his esophagus, through his stomach and to his liver. His heart is too weak to undergo any type of surgical treatment for the cancer, and the blockages in his heart cannot be opened with stents because of the required blood thinners. The two are working against each other.
John is not giving up! He's made it very clear that he is going to do his best to beat this. He will begin exploring the options for chemo therapy treatment to extend his time here with us, and to make the best of that time. He's not lost his sprit, sense of humor, and is still ornery as ever. John's heart is so completely full!! He's been read every text message and Facebook post out there. He's so appreciative of every single one.
John has been surrounded by an amazing team of people who love him. His daughters, sister, and close friends and been with him from the very beginning. He's never been left alone, and the entire staff at St. Luke's has been outstanding!
Please check back often as we will continue to keep everyone updated throughout Johns entire ride.