Bro. Chris Hodapp

Discussion in 'Sickness and Distress' started by Traveling Man, Mar 9, 2011.

  1. Traveling Man

    Traveling Man Premium Member


    Christopher Hodapp has been diagnosed with Anterior Optic Neuropathy and faces total blindness.
    If you have a prayer in you ?. This would be a good time to offer it.

    May our thoughts and prayers be with him.

    So Mote it Be.
  2. Benton

    Benton Premium Member

    Minor correction, this is what was posted on his facebook:

    "So the doctor says I have anterior optic neuropathy, which is causing me to lose my eyesight in my right eye. That was my Friday. Spiffing."

    He later updated with a picture of him wearing an eyepatch. (More in jest at this point.)

    So, the potential for total blindness in one of his eyes, in which he has already lost some vision, which is mostly likely irreversible.

    Our prayers should still be with him, all the same.
  3. Hippie19950

    Hippie19950 Premium Member

    I am sorry to hear this. Bro. Chris is from near my "Old" hometown in Indiana. I will have to send a post to another Brother chastising him for not letting me know about this personally... OK, I won't chastise him, but will ask if he knows yet.
    Thanks for the info.
  4. Bill Lins

    Bill Lins Moderating Staff Staff Member

    Bro. Chris will be our thoughts & prayers...
  5. MikeMay

    MikeMay Premium Member

    Brother Chris has been added to our prayers as well...The photo he posted on facebook (with the eye patch) is one showing he's in good spirits about this...
  6. Dave in Waco

    Dave in Waco Premium Member

    My prayers are with you Bro. Chris!!
  7. Bro. Stewart P.M.

    Bro. Stewart P.M. Lead Moderator Emeritus Staff Member

    I will keep Brother Hodapp in my prayers!
  8. Ashton Lawson

    Ashton Lawson Premium Member

    Brother Hodapp has a lot to do with my becoming a Mason, by way of Freemasonry for Dummies. I will send him a prayer and well wishes!
  9. Traveling Man

    Traveling Man Premium Member

    From another forum; in his own words...


    Many thanks to everyone for their kind wishes.

    Essentially, I have 50% sight loss in the right eye right now, and the disease is spreading to the left, as well. The event was immediate, with no warning.

    My first guess was a detached retina, but that didn't turn out to be the case here. The disease is connected to lack of proper circulation and oxygenation of the vessels around the optic nerve, which is why blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol and sleep apnea are all contributing factors. Oddly enough, open heart surgery is a contributor, as well. Blood tests are checking for bizarre possibilities like lupus and a few other oddities that might not be readily apparent. But the upshot is that if it stops in its tracks tomorrow, it doesn't heal or disappear. It simply winds up at the level it stops at. There's no surgical cure for this. There are two off-label drugs (actually developed as anti-cancer drugs) that can be tried once we determine what set this off in the first place and address that problem, but there's little hope of restoring what is lost. The immediate treatment is steroids to keep it from progressing further.

    Blood tests from the weekend show a sudden onset of anemia, which is another contributor, although less commonly observed. So the next panic is, since boys don't have periods and I am the wrong pigment for sickle cell anemia, where the heck did the anemia come from? I've had major tests all week to see if I've sprung an interior leak somewhere hidden. I see the optic nerve specialist Friday.

    The hope is that this is as bad as it will get and not spread to the left eye, but there are signs of the condition there already in the dye photos they shot on Friday. There's a 5-10% chance of total blindness, so it's enough to worry about. It happens immediately, with no warning. It's fairly rare: just 1.800 to 6,000 cases a year in the US. I can't get anything that isn't rare or bizarre, apparently.

    BTW, I've never used the stuff myself, but be aware that use of Viagra is a contributor to the disease, proving our parents were right: you apparently CAN go blind having too much sex.

    So it looks like Alice and the poodle need to go with me on driving trips from now on, alternately screaming, "Look out!" and barking at oncoming traffic. Good news: I will only have to see 50% of bad 3-D movies.

    Thanks again for the kind wishes. I truly appreciate it.

    Chris Hodapp
    Last edited: Mar 11, 2011
  10. MikeMay

    MikeMay Premium Member

    Through all of this, it is good to see his humor hasn't been dampened...prayers to continue!
  11. KFerguson84

    KFerguson84 Premium Member

    Bro. Hodapp,

    I wish you the best. I actually just got finished reading Solomon's Builders. What a great book. You have a gift for composing Masonic literature and I hope that the Grand Architect of the Universe guides you through this so you can continue to represent out Fraternity as well as you have in the past.

    Sincerely & Fraternally,

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