"I was running errands all afternoon," I said. She nodded her head and went on her way to the canteen.
I've ran out of Vitamin C and the iron supplements, and have been making do with having a glass of calamansi juice twice a day. I'm swamped with work. I was under the weather last weekend, and it was getting more and more difficult to get up in the morning. So aside from the errands, the general tiredness and sluggishness may be attributed to the lack of vitamins.
But my bigger concern was that I didn't want to look like the girl in the Stresstabs* ad, the one who perenially looked older for her age, the one with the eyebags, the one dozing off while everyone was having fun singing karaoke. Sure, I want to have more energy so I can do more things. But really, nobody wants to look older than her age. Unless you're a teenager wanting to get into an R-18 show. Hehehe.
So after work I dropped by the drug store and picked up a few things: Enervon HP power drink for adults, a few tablets of Iberet, and a full bottle of ascorbic acid.
One thing I noticed is that the Enervon powdered drink now costs more. It used to be in the vicinity of Php150. The packaging has changed. It's now in a box. Maybe that explains why it now costs Php190.
My usual 100 tablet bottle of ascorbic acid (Rhea; dosage of 500mg/tablet) is Php115. I've downgraded already. I used to take Potencee. But a box of 20 tablets will set me back around Php70+ or at least Php3.75 per tablet. Sure, Potencee tastes nicer because of the sugar coating on each tablet. I take 2 tablets or 1000mg/day. A box will last me a little over a week. But hey, sugarcoating or not, I need my vitamin C and I need it to be affordable. So I switched. This particular bottle comes in a "super protection pack" and includes a small bottle of Rhea rubbing alcohol. "Get 2x more protection from diseases." Puwede na rin.
The ferrous sulfate I need because I have trouble getting my 8 hrs of sleep. I usually buy the Rhea brand, and any kind of iron supplements make my intestines go wonky. A friend suggested United Home, which is nicer, but it was unavailable. I resorted to ordering what the doctor really prescribed to me originally, Iberet. I asked for only 5 tablets because I vaguely remember that it costs more than the generic ferrous sulfate. I was right. This set me back Php83.75. That's almost a bottle with 100 tablets. And when you drink it, you just know it's medicine. Oh well.
I also picked up two small sachets of Bear Brand's Busog Lusog cereal drink, Php6 each. My cereal drink of choice is really Nesvita or Quaker Oats. But those are just way too expensive for me now. I didn't even realize that this BB drink is the one advertised on TV now.
Total cost of my vitamin/energy boosting panic buying: Php400.75.
Granted that I do need these things to get me going, it just boggles me that a few things cost so much more than the bag of groceries I bought. Pero sabi nga nila, our health is more important than any budgeting targets. Plus this will last me a few weeks, I hope.
*For the curious: I once tried Stresstabs, but it makes me break out horribly. I think it has something to do with the Vitamin B complex or something. So I don't like it.