In recent weeks, I’ve been shocked to learn that you can’t buy Alleve, aspirin, Pepto-Bismol, or TUMS-by-the-barrel in Oz. Apparently aspirin is such a dangerous blood-thinner that it is not sold at all. Hmmm. Do they realize in the States that simple aspirin is a lifesaver for many heart patients? Or that most of the population doesn’t have issues with their blood being overly thin?
Anyway, my closest Aussie had a nasty stomach virus the other day, which forced me to peruse the OTC aisles a little more closely. I did find one packet of TUMS, ginger ale, and 7-Up (and was chuffed as all get-out to see Mountain Dew in the Coles here…the Southern contribution to the ruination of man!). If only I could’ve found the Pepto, he would have felt better, sooner. But he’s popped TUMS for two days, and that made me feel like I managed to do something right, despite the dismal OTC aisle.