Friday, December 30, 2005

I may have to get a job

Right after Christmas the sniffles broke out here again. Boy9 infected Boy12 and me with a lovely head cold, quite different to the fascinating illness I had before Christmas, so we're all laying pretty low once again. Thank goodness the boys have holidays and we don't all have to get up early in the mornings. And we still have another week and a half to go so there's still time to beat this bug.

Today I went to the pharmacy to get some over-the-counter cold remedies to get us through the weekend. I bought seven items - nasal spray, cough syrup, sinus meds etc etc and the grand total came to...€58!! (currency converter here so you can do the math). Highway robbery, I tell you! And they told us things didn't get more expensive when they introduced the Euro. Riiiiiight.

I wonder if McDonald's is taking applications...

11 Comments:

At December 31, 2005 12:03 AM, Blogger Katja said...

Hope you stocked up on Sinupret before the Silvester Weekend!
Hope you'll have a great night tomoorow.

 
At December 31, 2005 12:38 AM, Blogger Dixie said...

OTC medications in Germany are a serious rip off. Stupid pharmacy system. What they want for 20 aspirin is ridiculous! But they throw in a couple packs of Tempos for free to ease the pain a bit...

I don't want to say that I buy lots of aspirin and Maalox and stuff like that when I'm in the States and bring them back and not tell the customs agents but...well...let's just leave it at that.

Mucosolvan. That stuff rocks. Stops that tickly, annoying cough and when you do cough it brings up that goopy stuff. Knock wood, we seldom get colds but when I do, I'm all over the Mucosolvan.

 
At December 31, 2005 3:55 AM, Blogger Crystal said...

If you've got a lingering cold try taking ZINC, this will cut your recovery time by 3-5days!

 
At December 31, 2005 5:18 AM, Blogger Cathy said...

Oh you poor dears. We have been lucky so far this year (knocking on my desk). Do you want me to send over a care package from Lawtons Drugs or Shoppers?

 
At December 31, 2005 2:39 PM, Blogger christina said...

katja - lots of Sinupret - I love that stuff! This is actually the first real head cold I've had in ages, usually it's just the sinus stuff

dixie - the prices are really outrageous, but I did get two calenders, a Christmas ornament (before Christmas) AND a nice cotton tote bag with the name of the pharmacy on it! And I'm practically on a first name basis with the pharmacist. :-) Depending what you buy overseas, I think it's OK to bring reasonable amounts of meds back in your suitcase, it's trying to mail it that gets you in real trouble.(I wonder if any customs officials read my blog)

Crystal - Thanks for the tip! I think I do have some zinc tablets somewhere but I always forget about them.

Cathy - You're so sweet, but I think we'll survive. :-) I guess it was because Boy9 got sick just before school ended and we've all been hanging around together alot since then breathing the same air. Must remember to wash hands every 15 minutes from now on!

 
At December 31, 2005 2:57 PM, Blogger Elemmaciltur said...

Yeah, I know. Apotheken are outrageous! You guys have a Happy New Year! Gute Besserung an Euch allen!

 
At December 31, 2005 3:21 PM, Anonymous rebecca said...

My rent in Holland went up 150% when the Euro was introduced.... total coincidence, I'm sure. The only up side was that suddenly the non-Euro countries that had always seemed so rediculously expensive (Norway, Switzerland) actually looked quite reasonable by comparison.

Good luck sniffeling in the new year...

 
At December 31, 2005 5:42 PM, Blogger Expat Traveler said...

Hope the bug passes fast. P had a very bad cold and fever over Christmas. I just didn't want him to infect any other family members. But the flu is starting to come around in BC.

 
At December 31, 2005 9:52 PM, Blogger christina said...

Elemm - thanks and Happy New Year to you too.

rebecca - wow, 150% is a LOT. We were all pretty stunned when the prices went up but people are pretty much used to it by now.

Expat - I don't think it's the flu, thank goodness, just a big fat cold but we're all feeling much better today.

 
At January 01, 2006 3:42 PM, Blogger DUSIE said...

wow, that is ridiculous! while things in general are more expensive here, all things in way of health care at least, esp medicine is covered till the insurance pays...yikes...but Germany is still way cheaper esp as all food is literally like 1/3 of the price it is in CH. Luckily we live near the border and can shop there...but hey, at least the Mcdonald's here pays WAY more than it would EVER pay in the US/CA right? I think in CH it's like 17+ SwissFrancs per hour!

 
At January 04, 2006 4:50 PM, Blogger cncz said...

i lived in France during the Franc and i refuse to believe that "inflation" or "natural rises in price" can account for the astronomical difference in the prices of baguettes and deodorant.

 

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