Patti Callahan kept last name

Profile Updated: March 29, 2019
Patti Callahan
Residing In: Santa Rosa, CA USA
Spouse/Partner: Davis Bernstein
Occupation: Retired RN - Psychiatric and hospice
Children: none
Yes! Attending Reunion

After graduation I entered Sisters of Mercy convent in St. Louis, MO and remained four years while I discerned whether this was the right choice. One year of that time I was assigned to Mount St. Mary Academy and taught fifth grade. My college study was focused on the plan to be an English teacher.

After leaving the Mercy convent, I altered my education focus. I lived in Houston briefly before and after my nurses training at a branch of LSU in Alexandria, LA. In 1974 I moved to San Francisco where I eventually moved into my chosen nursing field, psychiatry. After working several years and also completing my undergraduate degree in Psychology at San Francisco State University, I returned to graduate school. I completed an MBA at UCLA with a focus on Human Resources.

During business school I met a classmate who is now my husband, Davis Bernstein. We laugh now about the seven years that passed before we married, and I say "We pushed and pulled until we learned how to dance." Each of us returned to our previous career paths after a brief time in the business world. I worked for Bank of America in San Francisco for four years, and Davis reconnected with Environmental Protection Agency.

My return to nursing was in Sonoma County in California wine country where I was head nurse of a 30-bed psychiatry unit and then division manager over that unit, psych ER, and our contract with the state hospital. My later work stints included mental health administration and the wonderful opportunity to be a hospice nurse.

Along the way Davis and I had opportunities to live elsewhere - briefly in Sacramento and the D.C. area and a total of seven years in Honolulu. I studied hypnotherapy and Interactive Guided Imagery and, as a volunteer, introduced guided imagery to Queens Hospital on Oahu. Davis worked in the environmental department of Hawai'i's Department of Health.

I married when I was 42 and Davis and I have no children. We did have his mom live with us for five years, so we had one of America's alternative families!

Davis and I have had wonderful travel experiences. We spent a year traveling between his years with EPA and his Hawai'i work and then five years traveling when we left Hawai'i in 2008. We engage in creative travel and have taken part in Worldwide Workers on Organic Farms, Servas international host/traveler organization, a medical study for an oral vaccine in Guatemala, share rentals, and sublets. Our stopping points include Belize, British Isles, Thailand, Italy, Spain, France, Ecuador, Austria, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, and India. My most significant physical accomplishment was completing a one-week bike ride across Iowa when I was 49.

My other "journey" includes that of spirituality. I was brought up in the strong Catholic household of my parents, joined the Mercy convent after MSM, and still feel a part of the Mercy family. I remained involved with the Catholic church for decades. Eventually spirituality became more important than religion and my beliefs evolved. I sum up my current state by saying "I used to have answers, and now I walk in mystery." I attend a women's group with the local Quaker community and find Quaker values clear and relevant: Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, and Equality.

At this time I am retired from nursing and live with Davis in our home in Santa Rosa, California. We have slowed down our travel schedule and cherish our time here in this beautiful area. Some of my time is spent volunteering with local programs, and my commitments include visiting my hospice patient and having several ways to be involved with a local non-profit that uses its thrift store proceeds for community programs.

2018 - Our community was devastated by the October fire in 2017. Our home was not affected, but some areas were wiped out. The community continues to feel the trauma and aftermath. Davis and I were in Japan at the time, and I'm quite grateful to have missed the terror. Blessings to all who are facing these weather challenges, health challenges, and family challenges.

What I love? Reading, film, my sweetheart husband, the stunning awesomeness of nature, quality time with friends, babies.

2019 - Big trip of the year was one month in Alaska - ferry, plane, and car trips. Three days on the ferry made for lots of lovely views. It also confirmed that going on a cruise is not high on my list.

School Story:

I recall the strange oddity of being President of our senior class. I don't recall there being an election. It seems I was somehow appointed (by the nuns?) after losing a bid for Student Council President. The one duty I recall was signing up our classmates for our class picture appointments. As part of this project, the photography studio displayed my photo before (with adolescent blemishes!) and after touch up. A bit disconceting!

I also recall having semi-literary nicknames for some of us working on the school newspaper: Carolandra, Kublai Kandi, Cyrano de Patti Jo.

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Apr 06, 2020 at 3:59 PM
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Apr 05, 2020 at 7:33 PM

This sadness makes my heart heavy.  It is wonderful to hear others' memories of Patti.  I have been thinking how I sit around and also dance at reunions and don't visit classmates as much as I could.  I recall Patti coming around for a chat during our most recent reunion - a special memory at this time and a lesson for the future.  These moments are ways she lives on.  

Apr 03, 2020 at 10:15 PM

This is the message I am sorry to pass on. Please continue caring and prayer for Patti's family. This Facebook message is from Friday evening:
"We are saddened to announce that Patti lost her battle with the coronavirus early this afternoon. We will try to plan a celebration of her life whenever we are allowed to gather in groups again. The family thanks you for all of your prayers and good wishes."

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Apr 03, 2020 at 2:56 PM

Posted on: Apr 02, 2020 at 2:55 PM

From late morning today. Patti's family must be so worried. Healing prayer, intention, love.
From the Facebook post:
"Good morning—The next 24-48 hours are going to be critical for Patti. She is still on the paralytic with 100 % oxygen and maximum pressure. They have added nitrous oxide (not sure if that is the correct gas or not) to open her lungs and make them function. Please keep those prayers and positive thoughts coming her way."

Apr 01, 2020 at 10:49 PM

From around 10 p.m. Arkansas time on Wednesday:
"Good evening:
She’s doing well on the paralytic. Her vitals are good and the ventilator settings are coming down. She’s at PEEP 14 and 90% oxygen. ??"

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Apr 02, 2020 at 11:24 AM

Posted on: Apr 01, 2020 at 4:01 PM

This is from Patti's son posting earlier today - probably late morning their time. It's sounding very serious, but I wanted to spread what is posted on Facebook.
Good morning, Friends and Family:

She as been put on a paralytic medicine. I've mentioned, in past posts, that she has been given more sedation to try to prevent her from getting agitated. When she gets agitated, her lungs get out of sync with the ventilator which is causing her to require higher ventilator settings. That's how we got to the PEEP setting of 18 and 100% oxygen. They can't safely turn the PEEP up much higher than 18. The paralytic is a drastic measure, but it will keep her body completely calm and allow her lungs to rest and recover.

Keep the prayers and positive energy coming!

Apr 01, 2020 at 3:54 PM
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Mar 31, 2020 at 6:04 PM

Posted on: Mar 30, 2020 at 9:36 PM

The most recent posting from Monday evening. How can we not feel the angst the family must be experiencing? Here's the latest:
Good evening:

She's going through a rough patch. They've had to go up significantly on the ventilator settings. PEEP 18 and 100% oxygen. It's not great news, but we remain optimistic. She's calm now and the nurse is going to try to bring the vent settings back down throughout the night.

Keep her in your thoughts!

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Mar 30, 2020 at 6:23 PM

Posted on: Mar 30, 2020 at 2:30 PM

From Monday afternoon on the update on Patti Facebook postings:
Good afternoon, Friends and Family:

She's hanging in there. The ventilator settings are: PEEP 14 & 80% oxygen. All they can do is keep her calm and sedated and wait for her lungs to heal.

Thank you for all the prayers!

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Mar 31, 2020 at 4:00 PM

Posted on: Mar 29, 2020 at 10:17 PM

From Sunday night:
"Mom’s nurse set up a FaceTime call for us this evening! We were able to talk to her and let her know that we all love her and are ready for her to get better. She’s still on about the same ventilator settings. The plan is to keep trying to reduce them until her lungs can do the work on their own. Today she didn’t tolerate the reduced support, but the nurses and doctors will keep trying."

Mar 29, 2020 at 10:16 PM
Mar 29, 2020 at 11:17 AM

Here's the most recent posting from Facebook. Keep praying and sending healing love.
"Good morning:

She started running a low grade fever last night (less than 101 F). They're doing some lab cultures to figure out what is causing it and have started a broad spectrum antibiotic. She's still sedated and calm. The ventilator settings are at PEEP 12 and FiO2 70.

Keep the positive energy flowing!"

Mar 29, 2020 at 11:15 AM
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Mar 29, 2020 at 11:12 AM

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Mar 28, 2020 at 10:01 AM
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Mar 25, 2020 at 10:45 AM

Posted on: Mar 22, 2020 at 1:43 PM

Hello, All -
Perhpas Jim Carroll will post more if he's aware of news, but today he posted on Facebook that Patti Caver Jacuzzi is hospitalized and in ICU and diagnosed with COVID 19. He asked that we include Patti, her family, and medical staff in our thought and prayers. We can all join in sending whatever we hold as supportive - healing intentions, positive energy, prayer, thought blessings, imaged hugs.

Mar 22, 2020 at 10:30 AM

Belated greetings. Here's hoping the world picture brightens and you can celebrate more when all is safe again. Be blessed.

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