Medical conventions are usually staid affairs teeming with stuck-up old men or crusty old women. If there are any young doctors, you’d see them shifting in their seats, thinking of heading out to the hotel pool or the adjacent golf course.
It’s not a vacation for their family members either as those who are brought along find themselves hanging out in the room or in the pool area waiting for hours for their respective spouses/parents.
Not this guy. No, sir. I’ve had my share of conventions and I’ve loved every single one of them.
You see, my wife is a dermatologist and the way conventions go, their annual medical convention is husband nirvana. While my wife is dutifully listening to the latest scientific updates from speakers who come from all over the world, I am sitting amidst the numerous corporate displays taking advantage of the excellent foot massage while enjoying my chai tea latte and keeping an eye out for freebies. Yes, freebies. And I’m not talking about boxes of anti-biotics.
Walking around the vendors’ area where the corporate displays are is like walking around the cosmetics and skin/body care floor of a high-end retailer. They have the latest and about to be launched products on display. The best part is… You guessed it. Freebies! Most, if not all, of these companies give out samples of their best-selling or most expensive products. And, they’re quite generous about it. There was one year where we were able to get enough free soap that we didn’t have to shop for that item for six months! This year, I hit pay-dirt again with a number of freebies from VMV Hypoallergenics called Grandma Minnie’s The Big, Brave Boo Boo Balm; Grandma Minnie’s Coo & Clean Baby Wash and their Armada Baby 50+.
My kids love the water which means we’re at the beach club every month. It’s a lot of fun, but being kids, it also means that they are out playing in the sun for hours, their skin gets the occasional scratch and it takes a lot of soap to clean away the salt water residue. With a formulation specially made for ultra-sensitive skin, this trio of skin care products is the answer to our concerns. The sun block is protective enough but not as sticky as other brands, the balm helped soothe a couple of scratches (mine included), and the baby wash made my kids smell clean and fresh without any powerful odors.
I’m definitely looking forward to what they have to offer during the next convention.