Making Time Stand Still
Updated: August 7, 2008, 10:50 AM ETBy Eric Neel
ATLANTA -- At 7:30 each morning, Sister Edwin Sheil pushes her pill cart down the parquet hallway of the men's floor. Each drawer is marked with a name and room number. Stanley in 101 needs his heart medication and something for the pain. Sister Edwin grinds tablets with the back of a spoon and mixes them into a taste of applesauce. John in 108 needs drops put in his eyes. She squeezes a dropper. She wipes his cheek. She writes everything down. One red pen (new dosage) and one black pen (same dosage) taped together. She washes her hands in hot water after each bed. She goes room by room at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Home, a haven for terminally ill cancer patients who cannot pay their medical bills, one of five such homes in the United States staffed by the Dominican Sisters of Hawthorne.