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My name is Sue Ogle and my poem is entitled “Medical school forty year reunion. Dylan Thomas has the last word.”
Medical school forty year reunion. Dylan Thomas has the last word.
Late and flustered, I flew into the Great Hall
for a reunion of bats, medical students, now doctors,
peering through lenses focused on forty years ago.
I wore my red glasses, to see and not to be seen,
a clever tactic I thought, until friends I knew instantly
failed to recognise me.
I eased my red glasses away from the creases and dark rings.
Naked. Darcy bowled up and patted my bum, We all lusted
after you, you know.
I kissed his cheek, the one he damaged when he fell out of a tree.
Happily sparking away he whispered, My memory is shot to pieces.
I wish mine was.
Then the counting started: deaths, marriages, divorces, accolades.
What about murder, mayhem, mania? How many of us were mad,
apart from Darcy and me?
Stand up those with no children, one child, two, three, four, five,
six, seven, eight. The two Chrises married in residency
and had plenty of time to create the catholic eight.
David looked crumpled – no different – marriage number three up-coming.
I’d had two marriages, a divorce and one IVF child that weren’t counted.
How many girls (like me) had married girls and boys boys?
Missing in action, some of us had died during the forty year battle
with medicine, some had retreated into retirement. Should I ‘go gently
into that good night’? I stowed my red glasses, seeking clarity of thought.
©Sue Ogle 2012
ABOUT DR SUE OGLE:
Dr Sue Ogle is a Geriatrician at Royal North Shore Hospital and Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, teaching students at the Sydney Medical School. Her research interests include identification and management of delirium by nurses and junior doctors in hospital, inpatient fallers and the art of communication with families. She has been interested in medical education for many years, using discussion groups, literature (stories and poetry), patient and family narratives and role play. Currently she is completing a Masters of Medical Humanities and has been the Writing Co-ordinator for The AMA (NSW) Creative Doctor’s Network.
Sue’s poetry has been published in Meanjin , Pulse and JAMA. She makes and decorates paper, loves body surfing and lives with her partner and son in Sydney.
“Being at Varuna with a bunch of doctor-writers for a weekend workshop was sensational. I can now see new ways of teaching students and expanding my writing horizons. The best advice: ignore the critical fellow sitting on your left shoulder and listen to the positive guy on your right.” Dr Sue Ogle
PUBLICATIONS: since 2000
Ogle SJ. ‘More than a Gift’, short story: ‘Beyond Blood’ ed. Bradstock M & Wakeling L 1992
Ogle SJ. ‘The night feed’, poem:‘Beyond Blood’ ed. Bradstock M & Wakeling L 1992
Ogle SJ. ‘Pohutakawa Tree. New Zealand’, photograph. N Eng J Med.1998;339 20 1433.
Ogle SJ. ‘A lifetime of tales and somebody to listen’. The Diary. Sydney Morning Herald: 18th March 2008
Ogle SJ ‘After the stroke’ poem: JAMA. 2009; 301, 6, 579
Ogle SJ. India Calling. A short story: J.AMA(NSW) The NSW Doctor. March 2009; p21
Ogle SJ. ‘Trials and Tribulations’, Short Story. Medical Observer website 2009
Ogle SJ. Creative Doctors’ Network DOC-ART Festival. J.AMA(NSW) The NSW Doctor. June 2009; p27
Ogle SJ. Creative Doctors’ Network Readings night. J.AMA(NSW) The NSW Doctor. March 2010; p26
Ogle SJ. Creative Doctors’ Network DOC-ART Festival. J.AMA(NSW) The NSW Doctor. Aug 2010; p22
Ogle SJ. ‘Malcolm’, The House Call: Short Story. Medical Observer website 2010
Ogle SJ. ‘Enduring Guardianship’ poem: Pulse online 9/11/2010
Ogle SJ. ‘Wearing glasses or not’, Radius. Sydney Medical School Magazine Nov 2010
Ogle SJ. ‘Science and the Soul’, book review of ‘The Pen and the Stethoscope’ ed. Leah Kaminsky. Med J Aus. 2010; 193 707
Ogle SJ. ‘Country Visitor’ poem: Meanjin Quarterly 2011; 70 (3) 206
Ogle SJ. ‘Ashkabad Desert Market’ poem: Australian Poetry Member’s Anthology Jan 2012
Barjorek BV, Krass I, Ogle SJ, Duguid MJ, Shenfield GM.Optimising the use of antithrombotic therapy in elderly patients with atrial fibrillation; a pharmacist-led intervention. Pharmacotherapy 2000; 20 (10): 1149-1288
Barjorek BV, Krass I Ogle SJ, Duguid MJ, Shenfield GM. Management of atrial fibrillation in the elderly. Br J Clin Pharm.2000 August.
Barjorek BV, Krass I, Duguid M, Ogle SJ, Shenfield GM. Antithrombotic prescribing in elderly patients with atrial fibrillation. Aust J Pharm. 2000; 81: 370.
Barjorek B, Veitch PC, Ogle SJ, Duguid M, Krass I, Atkin PA, Shenfield GM. The management of atrial fibrillation in the elderly: a review of antithrombotic therapy.
Aust NZ J Med. 2000: 30(2) 293.
Ogle SJ, Veitch PC, Atkin PA, Duguid M, Gorrick G, Weress S, Evaluation of drug self –
administration initiatives in Aged Care prior to hospital discharge. Aust NZ J Med. 2000; 30(2) 300
Obeid J, Ogle SJ. “Acopia” – a useful diagnosis or not? Aust NZ J Med. 2000 30 (2) 303.
Veitch PC, Ogle SJ, Atkin PA. Evaluation of assessment and management of patients with minimal trauma hip fracture(MTHF) without an orthogeriatric service. Aust NZ J Med. 2000; 30(2): 306
Montague R, Ogle SJ, Shenfield GM. Deliberate drug overdose in the elderly. Aust NZ J Med. 2000; 30(2) 300.
Montague R, Ogle SJ, Shenfield GM. Deliberate drug overdose in the elderly. Med J Aust. 2000; 173: 164.
Barjorek BV, Krass I, Ogle SJ, Duguid M, Shenfield GM. A survey of long-term anti arrhythmic therapy in elderly patients with atrial fibrillation. Aust J Hosp Pharm 2001;
31(2) 93- 97.
Barjorek BV Krass I, Ogle SJ, Duguid M, Shenfield GM. The impact of age on antithrombotic use in elderly patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation. Aust J on Ageing. 2002; 21.1 36-42.
Ogle SJ, Obeid JL, Finnegan TP, Vinen J. “Acopia” – use and understanding by geriatricians and emergency medicine doctors. Aust NZ J Med. 2002; 32 (4): A39
Barjorek BV, Ogle SJ, Krass I, Duguid MJ, Shenfield GM. Optimising antithrombotic therapy elderly patients with atrial fibrillation. Int Med J 2002; 32 (5/6) : A46
Barjorek BV, Ogle SJ, Krass I, Duguid MJ, Shenfield GM. Atrial fibrillation in the elderly: management issues. Indian J. Gerontology 2003; 17 (3&4); 244-272
Barjorek BV, Krass I, Ogle SJ, Duguid MJ, Shenfield GM.Optimising the use of antithrombotic therapy for atrial fibrillation in older people: a pharmacist-led multidisciplinary intervention. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2005; 53:1912-1920
Barjorek BV, Ogle SJ, Krass I, Duguid MJ, Shenfield GM. Warfarin use in the elderly: the nurse’s perspective. Aust J Adv Nurs 2006 23 (3); 19-25
Vogler CM, Sherrrington JC, Whitney, Ogle SJ. An overview of exercise programs that reduce falls in older people. Indian J Gerontology 2006; 20 (1&2) 123-134
Hilmer SN, Ogle SJ. Discharge medication. Australian Prescriber 2006; 29: 3; 58-59 (editorial)
Sherrington C, Lord SR, Barnett A, Vogler C, Cameron I, Williams M, Ogle S. Exercise for falls risk factor modification in high risk groups. An overview of five POPI RCT’s.
Abstract Australian Falls Prevention Conference 2006
Barjorek BV, Ogle SJ, Duguid MJ, Shenfield GM, Krass I. Management of warfarin in atrial fibrillation: views of health professionals, older patients and their carers. Med J Aust 2007;186:175-180 . Reply posted 2007; 187(6):371.
Hilmer SN, Ogle SJ. Drug therapy in older people. Geriatric Medicine in General Practice 2009; 1: 4-5
Ogle SJ, Hilmer SN. Medication management in older patients. Geriatric Medicine in General Practice 2009; 2: 4-5
Vogler CM, Sherrington C, Ogle SJ, Lord SR. Reducing falls risk in older people discharged from hospital: a randomised controlled trial comparing seated exercises, weight-bearing exercises and social visits. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2009; 90: 1317-24
Vogler CM, Sherrington C, Ogle SJ, Lord SR. Detraining after exercise programs in older people discharged from hospital. (in preparation)
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