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2/13/20 9:30 P

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So far I have been doing okay today. Even had an omelet this morning and tonight I am having steak and a purple sweet potato. I am hoping everything will stay okay. I also had a couple bananas today.

Went to a funeral today and saw several people from my old church and from my Bible study I was going to. I know the parents of the guy who passed from church and Bible study.



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I felt pretty well today. I am drinking a lot of water lately. Perhaps it is helping. Of course, I never know when D will "flare up."

Darlene - feel better.

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Darlene, I hope you feel better very soon



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Today not feeling well all day. I was going to have a steak for supper, but I don't know that my gut can handle it, so I'm having enchilada instead. Not sure that is so good, either, but it's something.

Last night I woke up because I didn't feel well. I ended up in the bath soaking for a while, which made me feel better.



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Darlene , I agree and it always seems to hit me when I need to go somewhere.



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That is so true. So how is a person suppose to tell what is going to set things off? That is what the doctors all say to do. It doesn't work.



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Darlene , I agree with Linda, sometimes I can eat certain foods and the next time I eat it , I have very bad issues with it, I think that is the hardest part of all of this.



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Darlene - of all that you mentioned eating, I think it could be the gravy. There are times that would bother my stomach...but I know what you are saying. Sometimes I can eat a certain food and not have a problem. The next time I eat it I will have a problem. It is so tough to know what to eat.

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Sorry about your husband, Linda. I hope they can find help for him.

Deb, I have to go down to the Verizon store all the time to figure out my phone. They probably get tired of seeing me there. I had to replace my phone several months ago, with the exact same model, and it is all different than the one I had. It is more advanced for some reason. Sometimes I can't get it to answer, either, and have to call people back if they are someone I know.

I had a fun time with Verizon the other day. I didn't realize my autopay was off because of a problem with the credit card company last month (card company's fault, not mine or Verizon's), so had to manual pay it and I didn't understand something when I went in to the pay page. Got it all figured out, but the agent I was chatting with had a better deal for me. My rate will go down $5 and my data up one gb. That is the 2nd time they have done that since I got the pre-pay. Last time my data tripled, plus I got to keep the excess up to 5 gb (new plan is 6 gb).

I am definitely stumped on how to figure out what I can eat with the IBS. Today I had a leftover chicken wing and some bread and hamburger gravy because I didn't have anything thawed to fix. This evening I got the runs bad from it. I have never gotten sick on those before.



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Linda- I am sorry to hear about your husband. Sending prayers! The phone is going a little better today at least I no longer want to throw it in the garbage, My kids laughed at me when I told this story, but when I got a phone call I did not even know how to answer it. I kept hitting the green phone that was light up and nothing happened, we ended up having to go back in the verizon store and ask the guy how to answer it. That really made me feel pretty dumb!



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My husband went to the pulmonary doctor for a post hospital check up. He is now diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension. We do not know if this will require surgery. The doctor is considering surgery. I took a short walk yesterday and a longer walk today. Hope to make it to the gym tomorrow. We have rain today. It is so gloomy. Most of the weekend was gloomy as well. blah! No problems with D right now.

Deb - it took me awhile to get accustomed to all of the technology. But, you will love it eventually.

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We got new cell phones today , unlike most of the world today, I only use my phone for calling people and a text message once in awhile, well we got a call from verizon that they would no longer have service for our old "dumb phones" at the end of February, so we got new smart phones It took over 3 hours at Verizon today just to get the stuff done. They had ordered them a week ago and we were just suppose to have to go pick them up. Everyone tells me I will like it once I get used to it but right now I would like to throw it in the garbage can!



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Deb - I am so sorry that you were having problems. I hope that you don't have anymore flare ups. They are awful.

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My IBS flare up is finally "calming down" It has been a bad few days.



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Linda, My eyes have been itching like crazy recently also. My sinuses have not been too bad since the last infection. I will be undergoing a sinus procedure this month. Hopefully it will help.

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Linda, I always seem to have problems with the allergies this time of year. I go to the Stock Show on free day, get a cold, then problems with sinuses and turns into bad allergies. That is crazy. Last year the doctor put me on a mild allergy med which really helped. This year my regular doctor put me on zyzal. I think she was looking at my eyes that were red from lack of

I don't usually get C unless I take Imodium. Then I sometimes get it and sometimes don't. When I was at the hospital last month they sent the release info home with me and it said I should take Colace. I don't think so. I would never get over the D if I did that. They hadn't talked to me about anything that was on that form, just gave it to me. I think they thought I was the stupidest person on earth.



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As for the C, I am going back and forth with it. Some of the OTC meds help a bit. Having some allergy problems now. I don't know why because nothing is blooming but perhaps it is pollen.

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Linda, I hope it gets better for you with the C. I still have it occasionally, but use to have it often. It is such a uncomfortable feeling.

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I have been taking my Benfiber, still have C. ugh! I would not mind so much but I feel sluggish and bloated. I am eating plenty of freggies also.

Darlene - I am also in my 60s. I still love colorful and fun things also. For me, I wear things for me. Because I am older, I feel that I can wear what I like and not care whether someone else likes it or not. That is the nice thing about getting older. Happy to hear that you had no problems with D. Good success for you...

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I did take an extra precaution today and wore some Always panties. I didn't have any problems, so that was really good. I also didn't end up eating my salad, so have it for tomorrow, I guess. I ended up having a barbecue brisket sandwich and brought half of it home. Even with that I was okay all afternoon and evening. So I am happy.

I did find something I liked that was similar to something I was thinking about today. The place that has platinum jewelry (my friend said diamond cut) had some barrettes that were really pretty and at a good price. Since I am always pulling mine back and have to put bobby pins in to keep it halfway neat, I was wanting something prettier than a plain bobby pin. I just fell in love with those barrettes. Funny that I am more interested in something like that now, at 68, than I have ever been before. Kind of like my wild shoes I got last year (turquoise with hot pink laces). Well, had to get a new jacket and found one hot pink windbreaker with lining. Maybe my aging is going backwards.



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Darlene - I think taking an extra pair of pants is a really good idea. I know that the underwear will be good but you just never know if something could happen with your slacks. Oh boy, I have had that happen and it is so embarrassing.

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Sorry you are having problems with C, Linda.

I keep having problems of having to run to the bathroom within a half hour after I eat anything. I do mean ANYTHING. I will have some toast and it hits. It might not be too runny, but it usually is some. What is so hard is having to take the Immodium all the time, but then everything goes the other way. I am a bit worried about that. We are going to the Stock Show tomorrow and I am afraid I might have problems there. I think I will have to add to my emergency kit in my purse. Plus I am thinking of changing the extra pair of pants in there to a long pair. Currently have those ones that come half-way down the shin/calf.

I am taking a salad tomorrow with chicken and a Jello or yogurt for dessert. Hoping that will be okay. Also going to bed earlier tonight.



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For the past couple of days I have had C. I am having that more than usual. I used Metamucil over the weekend. Today I used my new bottle of Benefiber. I am drinking peppermint hot tea to try to relieve the abdominal cramping from C.

Fancy - happy to hear that ORZO is doing better.

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Orzo is doing a lot better. Tonight he got fed late because I had to get my front brakes replaced and he asked for more. While I was gone he was even eating his dry food, but I think that is still hurting his mouth.

I have looked at the FODMAP but it always seems that what I can't eat is on that list and I can usually eat what it says not to. It makes it harder to figure out what you can eat when you can't use that.



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Carol - yes, my doctor did give me info on FODMAP diet. I just haven't done it. I don't know why. I know that milk is quite a problem for me. I really know I should try to follow it. Maybe I will give it a try.

Darlene - I hope that your cat is doing better.

The weather hasn't been bad lately. It has been easy to get outside more now than in past winters. However, I am sure very cold temps will eventually get here. My Gastro Doctor told me to switch from Metamucil to Benefiber. It seems to help some. I drink many glasses of water per day and it helps also. It is always a learning experience.

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FANCYQTR, I hope your cat is doing better. It is always difficult when our animals get sick.

Linda, I am still dealing with sinus headaches, sudafed and tylenol seems to be helping. I have an appt. tomorrow with an ENT Dr. Also I was wondering if you have tried the FODMAP diet. I never thought I would ever get better and have found out which foods are my triggers and am doing much better. I did not follow it completely since I found out I do not have problems with dairy. It is basically cutting out lots of things and then reintroducing foods to see where your triggers are. Maybe it can help you.

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Linda, I hope everything with your daughter turns out okay. I hadn't seen your post about her needing an MRI.

I've been trying to eat better, but am always blowing it. One of these days I will figure it out. When I left the hospital before Christmas (the 12th, I guess) they told me to make an appointment with the gastroenterology department, plus the surgery department. Actually, they made the surgery one and just told me when it was. Gastro I don't think it is worth because I have been before and they just say "you have IBS. Just figure out what you can eat on your own." Don't know why I should keep paying them to tell me that, especially when I am having to pay for all the other appointments. I also have to do an eye appointment that was put off because I had no money to pay for it.

Also had to take my cat to the vet. I think he hit his head when he fell off his chair and it caused an seizure. He also has bad teeth and mouth, but the vet I went to said nothing could be done for him, so I contacted my regular vet and got some medicine for the infection and am giving him Plaque Off to get his teeth as clean as I can. I will keep him on the Plaque Off from now on.



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I have been taking fiber, however, C has been around for a few days. I have been doing well with exercising. I went to the gym 4 days this week.

Carol - I hope that you are feeling better now.

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I started off my New Year with a raging headache. Luckily, it was resolved with Tylenol.

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My daughter had to reschedule her MRI. I don't know the date yet. Still worried...

Carol - I appreciate your prayers.

Happy New Year to all!! emoticon

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Linda, I am hoping and praying your daughter's test will have good results.

Wishing you all a safe and Happy New Years!

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I woke up with quite a headache today. It leveled off with some medication, but still feeling it a bit. I did go to the gym and worked out on the machines. I also took a walk. Asking for prayer for my 31 year old daughter. She has to get a MRI of the brain next Monday. They are checking for a mini stroke or muscular dystrophy.

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I have always hated the taste of tea, but due to the sinus congestion and bronchitis that it developed in I tried my daughter's blueberry tea. I was able to tolerate it and it has helped. I heard tea helps the stomach too which is what I need right now since the steroids are messing my stomach up quite a bit. Vernors helps because of the ginger, but I have to limit it since I do not drink diet pop and it has so much sugar. I limit one if I do partake in it. Enjoy your Tues.

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Sinus problems are awful! I will remember the green tea, the lemon, etc. next time I have one. I am still using Metamucil most days for my belly. After my colonoscopy, a few weeks ago, the doctor told me to use Benefiber. I am waiting until my big supply of Metamucil is gone before buying the Benefiber. It gets expensive buying so many products.

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Do you have the Stash Ginger Peach? I do that often, but the ginger part burns my mouth/throat a little at the end of the mug (big mugs that take about 3 cups in them). Can you tell I like tea with those big mugs?

I went looking for healthy food this weekend that won't cause problems with my gut again, but I want some broccoli with a little something on it like a cheese sauce or sour cream or butter and lemon. Only problem is that has caused gas really bad in the past so I got some Beano to take beforehand. Also got cuties and those are a bit touchy the other way, but I read to eat citrus (vitamin C) for atherosclerosis which the test results said I have. I do not want that. I guess the least healthy of what I got was the soup.

Hope you are all doing well and I hope all sinus infections are going away.



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Good Morning!

I love ginger tea - a cup really does a cranky gut good....lol. Green tea with lemon is another favorite. Just found a ginger and peach green tea that is just yummy. For those awful sinus days I like to do green tea with honey, fresh mint and lemon.

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I like herbal teas. I am not certain if it would help with sinus but I like them for my belly issues. I drink peppermint, camomille and I also enjoy Earl Gray.


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Carol, have you tried herbal teas like Lemon or Raspberry Zinger. It doesn't have the tastes like black or green tea (don't know what the others taste like). The lemon is one I often drink when I have sinus troubles. I think I'd drink it now, but I have stomach problems worse right now and I'm afraid to drink much of anything or eat anything either. I think it was severe gas problems I had, but ended up in the hospital Tuesday night. They never found what was wrong, but I do have a couple things going on that they are still looking at.



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I thought I disliked tea, but tried my daughter's vanilla, honey tea. I added lemon and was able to tolerate it. I wouldn't say I loved it, but it was ok. I am trying to drink it since I am suffering from sinusitis with a lot of drainage in my throat. Does anyone have any other ideas of types of teas that are flavored and do not have the strong tea taste? I also thought if I could start to drink it, it may help with the IBS issues.

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I am doing pretty well with belly pain and D. Of course, I am trying to watch my food intake more. When I am around treats I have a difficult time staying away from them - then it gets dicey whether I will have an issue or not.

Carol - good idea about eating smaller amounts. I think you are right. I notice the same thing.

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Hope everyone is doing ok with all the holiday festivities. I have been doing well since I've been staying home lately and having been out to eat. It is always a challenge to eat out. I found out the last time I went to a wedding I ate smaller amounts and did well.

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Carol - I agree. The prep is just awful. I also don't have to go again for 5 years. YAY!! Glad that your colonoscopy went well.

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Linda,
My colonosopy went well also. It took a few days to feel better. The prep is pretty awful. I am glad I do not have to have another one for 5 years.

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Happy to say that my colonoscopy is OVER!! I did have a couple of polyps, I always seem to, and a biopsy will be done. Doctor thinks everything is okay but better to be safe than sorry. The prep is awful - not eating solid foods for the day prior is awful - but hubby took me out to breakfast after the colonoscopy so that was a good thing.

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Yeah, I just have to stay in the bathroom. I'd never make it back there if I was in bed.



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Carol - I normally am fine after the colonoscopy. In the past, I will normally go out to eat something and enjoy it. I do hope that is the case this week. Good luck to you. I dread it but it will be over soon.

Darlene - I normally do not throw up with the prep. But I certainly am miserable. It is difficult to sleep the night before as well.

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I would be like you, Carol. Definitely not like your sister. The time I had mine just the first sip of that prep stuff had me throwing up. Why not use the same thing they do before an abdominal surgery. It does the same thing and doesn't make you throw up with that horrible taste. That prep would also cause a lot of other problems for me.



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Linda, my colonoscopy is on the 21st also. I too am looking forward to it being done. The prep usually makes me feel nauseated and obviously causes a lot of discomfort. I have not had mine in 5 years since the last time I did not have a polyp. Afterwards I am so wiped out I sleep most of the day. I am very sensitive to meds. & get very loopy. My sister amazes me that she can have it done, go out for breakfast afterwards and feels fine too.

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It's an ultrasound, not a colonoscopy that I am suppose to have. Looking at the gall bladder. Couldn't afford any kind of treatment, either, so it really doesn't matter.

I have been on food stamps because my IBS is so bad I can't work. I could if I could work at home, but not going anywhere to work. So I went to get food yesterday and nothing in my account. Looked it up and benefits say I was approved, but amount is $0. I don't know what approved means, then. I had transferred something from my overdraft account to get a couple bills paid and had some left, so I got a little bit of groceries and a package of paper towels, but that's all. I am trying to figure out what I can make with the canned stuff I have, which is mostly tomatoes. Don't know how long I can handle that. I have some things in the freezer, but need to work on getting room to thaw it. Right now it is pretty full of Cassie's food. I saw some things on PBS today (Create) that I might be able to do with some stuff that is frozen now. Have to see if there is a recipe on their web page.



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Darlene - sorry that you cannot afford the colonoscopy. I am anxious to get mine over. It will be next week on the 21st.

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I think mine was 6 years ago. I can't afford anything right now. Suppose to get an ultrasound, but I can't afford to get one of those either. I have an eye appointment scheduled for December but I think I will have to postpone it until at least February.



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Darlene - thank you for sharing this. I will check it out. Have you had a recent colonoscopy? I will be getting another one this month. It has been 6 years and I was told it should have been 3. Hope all works out.

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Listened to a video on gut solutions tonight. They sound rather interesting. I should have taken some notes. Maybe I can replay it. Tonight's was the 1st one live. If you are interested in signing up for them (it's 4 or 8, not sure which) go to www.thegutsolution.com . It might be helpful for some of us.



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Darlene - sorry that you weren't able to leave the house today. It is tough when something we eat causes us so many problems. The worst thing is that one thing may bother us one day but not the next time.

Countrycarol - I do occasionally have problems with chocolate. But the majority of the problem I will have is gas pains. It seems almost everything causes gas for me. The gift that you gave your son sounds wonderful.

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I don't think I have ever had problems with chocolate. Maybe if I ate too much fudge or brownies that would do it.

I didn't make it out at all today. Seems my body doesn't like instant mashed potatoes that often, I guess. I had a lot of trouble today. I don't know how it would be with baked or just boiling potatoes and mashing them. I know that if I make the cheese/potato/ham soup I can't eat too much of it or it will cause problems. I always eat too much of it because it tastes so good, too.



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FANCYQTR Years ago I had a sculpture made of my dog after she had passed and gave it to my son for Christmas (my daughter's idea). My son told me not long ago, it was the best gift he ever had.

Does anyone else have problems with chocolate? I had 3 of the mini candy bars and it made me feel very sick.

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Benefiber is suppose to dissolve better. I tried something like it, but I can't take that. I've tried chia seeds, too. They all trigger my IBS if I get over an 8th teaspoon.

It was cold again today, but I got out to do a little shopping. Needed some bones to make more bone broth for Cassie, but they didn't have any. I have enough for tomorrow and maybe Sunday, but will have to look for some bones on the way home Sunday. By the time I got to the last store today my hips were hurting. One would think that having breaks between stores walking wouldn't hurt.



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I had my physical this morning. I also received one of the blood tests that I didn't know about. My thyroid - I have hypothyroid & take meds - was bad. The doctor is going to increase my dosage. I hope that once things get settled I may lose a few pounds. I am at a plateau and have been for such a long time.

Darlene - I occasionally have problems after salads but not always. I am using Metamucil and my gastro DR advised me to go to Benefiber. I haven't bought it yet. All of this adds up and I have a colonoscopy coming up...I will have to pay my co insurance, etc.

I walked over 4 miles today. Yay!

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Carol, I am very bad at drawing and painting anymore, but I want to try to get back into it. I have taken a couple classes the last couple years. Last one was acrylics, but the teacher wasn't too helpful. I am trying to paint a picture of my neighbors' dog that they lost early this year. It was suppose to be their Christmas present last year. I am still having some trouble getting it right. The sculpture class was cancelled until next Summer.

The pickleball is a blast, but often frustrating for me. I was never athletic enough to hit a tennis ball, and pickleball uses a smaller "racket" (a paddle) with a shorter handle. I was able to hit a softball, though. I wonder why that is.

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FANCYQTR, the sculpting sounds like fun. I wish I was creative. I cannot draw, paint etc. Oh well, such is life. Pickleball sounds like fun! If I wasn't disabled I would give it a try. I bet you get a good work out from it. I use to play volleyball years ago. It was fun and a great break. My late husband use to watch the kids while I did it in the evening once a week.

I tried turkey sausage this morning and was quite nervous about how my stomach would react. Luckily, so far it is fine.



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