Patrick Sawyer, Beloved

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Pat’s Accident – Days 1 and 2

On Wednesday, July 16, 2008, Patrick was riding his bike to go swimming before he started his day at nursing school (he only has a couple of weeks left of school until he graduates). Around 5:40 am, he was hit by a car (around 17500 Cleveland Rd). The driver did not stop. There were no

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Day 3

This is Nancy, Patrick’s wife.  Firstly, please know that I am so completely grateful to all of you who are expressing your concern and support and prayers!  Your comments and emails are my lifeline.  I like to read about all the people who have known Patrick or have been influenced or touched by him in

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Day 4, Early Saturday Morning

Patrick had a decent night last night! His head/brain pressure stayed within acceptable levels considering his condition. He did not need any additional medicines to keep it that way through the night. More later… Nancy

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Marathon Event

Marathon Event

I just received some excellent advice from Buzz, one of Pat’s paddling friends: Remember to pace yourself, this is a marathon event and you will need your strength later. Set your priorities and follow the plan. Patrick’s passion is competitive marathon paddling–endurance, strength, racing strategy–all trained abilities that are helping him in his most critical

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Tribune Articles

Two good articles in today’s paper concerning Patrick and the bicycle safety issue: Erin Blasko: Bicyclists stress need tomake communities bicycle-friendly Joe Dits: Web sites help bicyclists find safer routes

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Saturday Afternoon

Patrick’s nurse and physician are performing a delicate balancing act with his cranial pressure and blood pressure. His blood pressure has been too low, and his cranial pressure too high. Unfortunately, medical interventions to correct one problem can adversely effect the other. He is under superb care! My sister Mary and my father are standing

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WSBT News Story

Hello to all of you!  Thank you for your support. Today, WSBT came by the house and interviewed me concerning Patrick and bicycle safety.  The news segment was on at 11 p.m.  Right now, there’s a video clip on WSBT front Web page: http://www.wsbt.com/ I have heard absolutely nothing about the driver since Thursday.  The

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A Truly Wonderful Father and Husband

This is Mary, Nancy’s sister, and Pat’s sister in law, although I feel much more like Pat is a real BROTHER to me. I wanted to write to let everyone know about what a truly wonderful father and husband Pat is, what an awesome human being. Our entire family is very fortunate that Pat is

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Saturday Update

Hi this is Mary – I visited with Pat twice today. He continues to sleep peacefully while his brain is healing. It can be difficult at times to balance keeping the pressure on his brain (ICP) down, while keeping his blood pressure up. The nurses are very attentive to him and are giving him excellent

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Sunday Morning

Things are a little scary right now.  Pat’s heart rate is up, his oxygen is down, and his pressure in his brain is high.  They sent Nancy out of the room.  Please pray.

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Sunday afternoon, Day 5/Update

We had a tense morning with all Pat’s vital signs, but he is now stabilized!  His nurse is staying right on top of every single detail.  They needed to raise his blood pressure to keep his Cerebral Perfusion Pressure at an acceptable level.  I am now quite relieved. More soon… —————- This is Mary, Nancy’s

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Saddest possible news…..

I’m so sorry to have to say this  – My heart is completely broken, to have to tell you all that Pat passed away during the night, around 2:30a.m. Of all things, it was his heart that gave out….   We have no explanation for something like this. Nancy, Danny, Joey, Tommy and Laura need all

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It’s All Over

My beautiful husband, Patrick John Sawyer, is gone.  His heart simply gave out around 2:30 a.m. My heart… My kids… How????

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Details so far….

I don’t know where to begin, we are all so very sad and broken hearted today.   We love and miss Pat tremendously, more than any mere words can even begin to express. This is Mary, Nancy’s sister.  I was with Nancy last night at the hospital and we wanted to let you all know what

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Funeral

Visitation will be Sunday, July 27th from 1-5pm. Hickey Funeral Home 17131 Cleveland Rd South Bend, IN Visitation will also be Monday 10-11am at Little FLower Church 54191 Ironwood Rd South Bend, IN Funeral at Little FLower Church Monday at 11 am Luncheon will follow where we will remember Pat. Everyone will have a chance

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Obituary

Obituary

My fingers have seemed to come a bit out of the paralyzing grief I have found my entire body experiencing these last few days.  I’ve always been a rather sensitive person, easily feeling and crying for others’ sad plights–I thought I would be a bit prepared to deal with loss when it would come my

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My Patrick

My Patrick

Mostly, it is too painful to even look at pictures of Patrick.  My wounds are so raw, and each healthy, vibrant picture I see is a new knife *stabbing* my heart, making me want to scream out that it just cannot be true! I have this picture, though, that I like a lot.  I was

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Funeral Procession Bike Ride with Police Escort: Monday, 7/28 @ 9:30 AM

Henry Scott, Matt Mooney and many others have organized a police escorted bike ride on the morning of Patrick’s funeral. From bikemichiana.org: This will be a bicycle procession in honor of Patrick on the day of the funeral. We will have a police escort. This is a short and somber ride. This ride is meant

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