Unfortunately my wife gave me some bad news yesterday, as the son of one her first cousin’s died in his sleep last night. JoJo was only in his early 30’s. Cause of death not known at this time. Also, a son of another first cousin, Boy, that worked at Cousin Emma’s Jade and Joe Market, a man that I had talked to many times and helped get groceries and San Miguels for us, is in the Guimaras provincial hospital dying of pneumonia and a heart condition and is not responding to any medications.
I told my wife today that as soon as I start collecting my Social Security pension, we’re moving off this island and locating somewhere else in the Philippines with better health care facilities. The local hospital in Guimaras frankly scares me.
A wife of another cousin dropped by “The Compound” today, and my asawa bought a bag of rice from her which will be delivered in 90 days in what her relative calls the “Third Harvest.” It’s costing P1600, almost 36.68 US Dollars, and is taking a big bite out of our monthly budget. We used to get our rice delivered for free from some land my mother-in-law owns, but due to some recent problems on the property, we now have to purchase a 120 pound bag about every two months. I’ve instructed my wife to have her sister, Marjorie, working in Kuwait as a domestic helper, to start sending my wife more money each month since we are the ones supporting her children, Shaina and Sharwin, that live with us.
Anyway, here’s a photo of the “Miracle Drug” that my sister-in-law, Alida, bought for P100 a bottle, 2.29 US Dollars, and gave to her Uncle Octaviano who recently was checked into our local provincial hospital in Guimaras.
This medicinal herbal syrup, is a pito-pito product, a blend of seven traditional medicinal herbal plants. This “miracle drug” claims to do the following: lower your blood sugar level, cure high blood pressure, lower cholesterol, strengthen and balance the immune system, cure a cough, take care of stomach aches and diarrhea, get rid of allergies and asthma, it “cleanses” you, and cures insomnia, fever, anemia, bronchitis, nervousness, and even takes care of irregular menstruation. Aside from not claiming to cure cancer, this pito-pito can do it all. Kind of reminds me, however, of “snake oil” that the old Wild West Medicine Show hawkers used to pitch.
But if there’s anyone out there that has used this pito-pito successfully, drop me a comment. I’d love to know if it really works or not. Maybe some duwendes hanging underneath a mushroom cap are making it, who knows? Anything is possible in the Philippines!