A visit from Mars

Today I got a call from Fedex. They are holding a package with Nathan and Isabelle’s (pre-natal) supplements in the Chilean customs. They are giving me all sorts of crap about releasing the package. It’s supposed to go through all sorts of hoops and hollalalas just because it contains medicinal supplements.

And I should just be grateful that those people weren’t in front of me because they wouldn’t have lived to tell the tale. All I could feel was RAGE. How dare these $%^&U* people keep me from giving my children the meds they need?

I confess that I smashed the phone against the wall in my fury and impotence and rage. I guess it’s obvious I haven’t been meditating lately, all my zen has evaporated.

Now I just got a call from Owen saying that to send the package back home it’ll cost over $100, and for me to “ransom” it it’s also going to cost over $100… on top of the hundreds of dollars it already cost to get the package shipped to Chile. It’s not just the money that’s infuriating me. It’s the TIME. They HAVE the medicines there, but it’ll take DAYS for them to process the release. In the meantime half of the supplements will spoil as they need to be refrigerated, and Nathan won’t take his supplements which have been so fundamental in keeping him healthy, and I won’t take the pre-natals that Isabelle needs.

And what’s even more frustrating is..I’m afraid. I didn’t start taking prenatals/vitamins when I was pregnant with Nathan until much later because I didn’t KNOW I was pregnant. And look at what happened with him. Now I’m going to have to deprive Isabelle of prenatals and I’m afraid about what might happen.

Why don’t I just buy them here??? Because I can’t FIND them here in Chile, Santiago has almost nothing in the way of vitamins and supplements. The stuff they sell is not the stuff I need.

I am so angry and frustrated I could scream!!!


  1. Do they have Flintstone vitamins there? I know it might sound crazy, but when I was pregnant with Julia and sick, sick, sick swapping out the prenatal vitamin with the Flintstone vitamins helped with the sickness and I did it from my OB/GYNs advice. So, start with the Flintstone vitamins if you can while you work on getting the stuff out of customs!

  2. Bureaucracy is lame. It infuriates me, actually. I might just throw my phone against the wall too. But I never meditate, so I guess it stands to reason 🙂

  3. Kristina- that is a GREAT idea. I’ll go look tomorrow. I’m not sure if they have them, but I’ll check!

    Tara – I’m glad I’m not the only one 🙂 I guess I realized that I had been subconsciously harboring guilt over Nathan’s problem, thinking that I caused it by not taking prenatals, and this situation brought all of those emotions up, which made it really intense! I’m kinda glad so I can face that feeling and deal with it and move on!

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