03 June 2010

Retail Therapy

I went on a shopping spree today.

1) Omeprazole
2) Pediasure
3) Bard button
4) Feeding Tube

While women my age are out in full force grabbing the best buys on shoes, clothes, jewellery and the such at the Great Singapore Sale, I get my retail therapy from buying medical supplies.

Over the last 2 years, I've become quite a 'pharmanista'. I know where the best deal is - for non-sterile gauze and oral swabs. Where 50ml and 10ml syringes are cheaper - not necessarily at the same shop. How to get a discount with a er...borrowed privileged card (worked for a while, till they became more viligant). I'd walk down the aisle and names of medical items roll off my tongue - Duoderm, Tegaderm, Durapore, Micropore, Hyperfix etc. Just like how you would go "Gucci, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana" as you walk down a mall.

The amounts I fork out are not small. The Omeprazole at $82 felt like buying a nice pair of Levi's jeans. The ever-elusive BARD button at $227, felt like a pair of sturdy, long-wearing Camper shoes.

When you're a mother, shopping for your kids becomes just as satisfying as shopping for yourself. Perhaps more so.