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I am feeling pretty well this weekend. I have enjoyed family and good weather.

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thanks!

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Jeanette, that is great that you have your website up and you are well on your way.

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thanks so much! All my best to you all.

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I am feeling much better. Yesterday was a good day. I up woke too early today but I plan to still go to the gym. I have to do some grocery shopping later.

Jeanette - fantastic! Happy to hear that things are going so well for you..

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All my best to you all always. I hope you are both feeling a lot better now.

Well I got my free business website up and going, and I got free access to sending out really nice email greetings and such too. Now I can help people not only to save on life insurance, annuities and retirement plans, but now I can help them to save on Estate plans like Living Trust and such from one company. Plus I can help them to save on Property and casualty ins, like auto, home, renters, flood, motorcycle and even pet insurance from other companies. So it is going to be really interesting learning about all this stuff.

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I felt much better after the night with IBS. Ugh. That was terrible but by the next day everything was fine. That often happens to me and I try to eat light as much as I can after an IBS D attack.

Darlene - I often reach for sweets also. Especially chocolate. Chocolate is usually a trigger for me too. I have tried to stay away from it as much as I can lately.

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Sorry you had your food trigger the IBS. That doctor said that sometimes we just like something so much that even though we might know it triggers problems we can't keep going without it. Like a lot of people who are trying to go gluten-free, but just have to have bread or rolls sometimes. With me I think it is sweets.

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I had a good morning and afternoon. I ate poorly (pizza too much coffee) and it really triggered some IBS D problems this evening.. I always know what I should and should not eat. Yet, often I stray from that and pay for it.

Congrats Janette. I am happy that you are doing so well in your job!

Darlene - thanks for the info you shared. I did take probiotics but finally stopped. The reason was expense. It sounds as though more research has to be done.

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Today I had brunch with a friend because her sister is in town for an interview. She has been a Resident in Florida the past few years. Then went to a class on Gut Health at the library. The doctor isn't too sure about probiotics for help with intestinal problems because the research hasn't been too consistent. Sometimes they help and sometimes they don't. He also was talking on colonoscopies. Anyway, I stayed after to talk to him and he thinks I have more problem with pelvic muscles being weak and said that they have physical therapy that can help that. For IBS they often prescribe anti-depressants and anti-spasmotics. So maybe I will ask my doctor about the 2nd the next time I see her. Might not be until December, though. I need to get my A1c down and have my blood pressure med enough to last until then. I'm afraid that physical therapy will cost more than I can pay, but if I can manage maybe I could go once or twice to learn what I would need to do. Of course, there is some kind of testing you are supposed to do first and I couldn't afford to do all those.

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I have started back to the library classes and again trying to get some of this house cleaned up. I did get far enough to find my flash drives so I can go back to the genealogy center. I have painted the lark bunting, started knitting squares for charity, and made watercolor postcards. Well, the knitting and watercolor I have to do more to. I also started going to a Bible study with a friend. That and part of the library classes and the pet food pantry conflict with each other, so I am having to have her take notes for me. I think this Bible Study will be one I can understand, though. The others I have been to I didn't.

I have been doing pretty well until today. I went to a ladies' luncheon with the church at Golden Corral and even though I tried not to eat too much I ended up with the squirts. I didn't even have a dessert. At least I made it all the way to the other end of the building to the restroom. Why are they always at the other end of the building and why are the ladies rooms the ones that are farther?

I have picked up a couple of Mark Hyman's books to see if there is anything in them that will help with the IBS. Might at least find low carb food recipes I can eat. Other than that I have 3 mysteries to read. And I have some adult coloring books that I am coloring in.

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yes, that genealogy center must be really interesting! I hope you are all doing better today. I am still doing good, just busy. They are offering us more products to offer to our clients I learned this week by adding more partner companies, so it is getting really interesting checking out these other companies and their products. And some of it I can earn a small fee for referring the clients to the other companies with out having to get new licenses for all their products and services too. And sounds like the clients get a better deal going through us then just directly to the companies too. But still a lot I want to learn about it all, especially if I am going to ask my relatives and friends to check it out too. Supposedly I am going to get a free personal business website soon too. So lots of interesting things happening with work. I hope you are all having a great day and have a great weekend too. Janette

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I have been busy but keeping up with exercise. For the most part I have eaten fairly well. I have been eating more fruit. At this time it hasn't bothered me. Haven't had too much of a health issue this week.

Darlene - it sounds like you have been very busy. I am sure that going to the genealogy center at the LDS church was fascinating. It will be great to dig deeper into your family's roots. Sorry that you were not feeling well the other day. Having D is such an uncomfortable situation. Hope that you are doing well today.

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I did get the top half of the back yard mowed and tried to get down the terrace, but didn't have the strength the other day to get the mower back up the hill so only got a couple rows down the hill done. After all the rain we had this year, the week was hot and dry, so I had to water the entire lawn. That is the first time all summer that I had to water the back yard where most of it is in the shade. The front yard I had watered once before.

Yesterday I went to the genealogy center at the LDS church and got to see several censuses with my ancestors on them. It had a way to send to your email, but I only got two of them to come here. Next time I need to put the information on a thumb drive. Just hope I can find them. I think I took them with when I tried to go there one other time. Maybe I had them with me the whole time. I hope, or I won't be able to find them.

After that I went to a class on small batch preserves. Really interesting preserves that she had -- Oven roasted tomato preserves, Microwave strawberry preserves (my favorite), Apricot Riesling preserves and Lemon Ginger Marmalade. All were good, but I think I would use less ginger in the last one cause it was a little sharp. Of course, Peach Jalapeno and Raspberry Habanero (ready made -- don't have recipes for those) are some I like and they are hotter.

Today I had trouble eating without getting the hershey squirts and I'm hoping my dinner won't turn out that way. Maybe my ham has gone bad even though it was supposed to be good through the middle of the month or into September even. (Well, dinner didn't go over with my gut too well, either)

Have been finding art stuff I didn't know where it was or even that I had some of. Guess I will be able to do a lot of coloring and drawing without having to buy anything.

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all my best to you all. I am still doing good other than being busy.

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I had the gas pains after eating this morning. Otherwise okay.

It's already 85 outside. I was thinking of mowing the top half of the back yard, but I can't handle that heat. Of course, I can't handle the cold in the winter, either. Gotta change something here. I have figured that even with LEAP I won't be able to turn the heater on this winter. So I will be layering a lot.

I have been drinking more water lately (since it is hot). I didn't think of it might help with gas. I hope it will be that way with me, too. Hope I can also keep drinking enough when it cools off since I am not very good at drinking water. In winter I usually drink hot tea more, and I have found that can bring on the gas.

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I ate poorly today. Too many carbs plus chocolate. Although I have not had an attack, I have had terrible gas pains. Grrr I am trying to keep drinking water which sometimes helps.

Darlene - happy to hear that everything went well with the eye doctor. However, I am sorry about the IBS attack. They are tough.

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I had an eye appointment on Tuesday and I guess the stress from that got to me because after I got hit with the IBS. Was still not feeling too good yesterday, but did better by afternoon. I do okay with the other eye doctor, but the one Tuesday gets me stressed. Everything turned out okay, though.

Hope everyone is having a great day.

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It has been a hectic time for me with plenty of relatives visiting us in Florida. It looks like things are slowing down. I am feeling fine.

Hope everyone has a great Thursday!

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Well maybe they are good company for each other. All my best to you always.

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I had some problem yesterday, but have done well all day today. Got out to see Fancy and found that she now has Jack (her donkey friend) for a roommate. The fence between them was opened up and she is looking better than in a long time. Still looks like a Bakshir Curly more than a Quarter Horse, but had very few mats left today and is rid of them now. Of course, now I end up giving treats to two and brushing two. Not too sure how I will be able to get her out with Jack in with her.

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Thanks Linda, I hope you have a great Sunday too. I am still doing good too.

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I hope that everyone is having a great weekend. I am feeling well. No D at this time.

Have a great Sunday!!

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Yes, Quilted material, potholders, even stuffing leather with cotton balls, or pillow stuffing might work

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Thanks for the idea. Maybe can find some thick quilted material if I can't find a good potholder (since that is what they are made with). I didn't even think of that.

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Maybe just taking like a pretty print little square pot holder and sewing it around the straps at shoulder width would give you enough padding and be an easy and cheap fix. Or taking some leather like you said, and lining it with a pot holder or some other form of padding might do the trick too.

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I usually don't ride the bus because of the worry, but that is limiting me even more. I want to go do genealogy research and the only library that has all the stuff is downtown. Other than that, I can go to the LDS which has parking and is close, but they don't have anywhere near the research information. Walking around places like the botanic gardens, Pet Expo and county fairs the backpack gets awfully heavy, though, especially if my back starts hurting. Then it goes up my back and my shoulders and neck start hurting. I watched guys get on the bus and light rail yesterday with nylon backpacks and wondered if that would be better. I have a couple nylon ones, but the straps are thin cords, so that is hard for me to carry. I am wondering if there is something I can do to pad those cords enough that they won't hurt. Maybe leather? The backpack I am using now is a mid-sized leather one. I have a cloth one, but it is really big.

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At first I was a little worried that it might come back with this new job, especially since I am out driving around a lot. But luckily it never has come up again.

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When I had the attack and needed to start bring stuff with me was when I was working on emptying out my sisters storage units and I had a long walk to get to where the bathroom was and had to push in a code to get to the bathroom too. And some times like on the weekend and after office hrs you couldn't get into the bathroom at all. So I wore a slim adult dipper thing, and brought an extra one, extra pair of shorts, some wipes too. I would bring them in a back pack, or in one of those reuseable cloth groceries bags. Some times I would take in on into the storage unit with me and other times I would leave it behind the back seat of the pick up truck unless I needed it. Luckily once I started bring it, I never needed it and the fear of needing it slowly went away. And then I never had the problem since, so that's been a long time now.

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Darlene - I think the way that you are carrying your emergency items, in the backpack, is the best way. A purse is too small. I am fortunate that I am normally driving so I don't have to carry it around too long where it may get heavy. If I had to ride the bus I would be extremely stressed and I may have an attack due to stress. When I was well, years ago, I could ride the bus with no problem. Not now.

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I made it through the day without getting sick around 2:00 finally. For several days I had problems. I am so glad that it didn't hit me today. I went to the Botanic Gardens today for their free day. I drove down early, but there was no place to park, so I came home and checked some bus schedules and headed down that way. Decision was made to go by bus all the way and that was a bit of a problem because I couldn't figure out where I was supposed to catch the 2nd bus. Turned out it was the same place that I had been let off. After the rain finished I walked the outdoor gardens and one indoor that had orchids. So it was a wonderful and tiring day.

I have a question. When you need to take emergency supplies with you to places, how do you take them? I have been taking a backpack with my extra pants (or shorts), some wipes, etc. and my billfold, a small bottle of ibuprofen and immodium, and some sweetener. It ends up so heavy carrying that around with me. I am wanting to go to the county fair and would like to find a better way to carry things.

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Great! I am still doing well too.

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Thank you both! I had a great anniversary. I am busy all week with family visiting. They will leave this weekend. I actually have felt pretty well.

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happy belated Anniversary!

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Happy Anniversary, Linda. Hope that you have a great weekend celebrating. emoticon

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emoticon Perrybabe!

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I am feeling pretty well. Today is our wedding anniversary. We did not get to go out to celebrate because we have house guests until the weekend. So we will wait a few days and celebrate.

I got in pretty much exercise today. That normally makes me feel better.

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So glad to hear your friend is checking you vehicle out for you to save you from being ripped off.

I hope you are both doing better health wise asap.

I am doing good, just busy still.

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That garage mechanic sent a survey after I had been there to see how they had done. I guess they use ones that are good to put on their website for ratings and throw the others away. They sure don't try to make anything right. I had put on there where they asked what you dislike most of those places and I had put Dishonesty. At that time I didn't know that they had been dishonest, I put it because of the other dishonest places I had been. I did, however, have the service as not that good because they either got oil all spilled or left it leaking. Hadn't seen how much they had dumped all over.

I am feeling better today, thank you. I did get a lot of sleep this afternoon. Talked to a friend last night (mostly listened to her) and she didn't stop talking until after 1:00. Then I woke up a little before 6:00, so just after noon I was out of it.

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Darlene - I am happy to hear that you have a good and honest mechanic. Sometimes they can be hard to find. My hubby does a lot of our work so I am happy about that. When i was single, people were always trying to rip me off. Hope that your belly is feeling better.

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I went to the Cat Fest today to find some samples for Orzo today. Was doing great for about an hour or so, then got sick with D. I had already taken one anti-diarrhea and had to take one more. Then got terrible gas pains. I just hate that. I finally got some rolls and that helped.

After Cat Fest I went to a class at the library on fixing farmers market or garden fresh vegetables. It was actually a tasting event and we got the recipes for that.

After I called my mechanic friend from church and he said to come over today. I figured he would find out what I needed and then I would get it so he could fix my brakes tomorrow afternoon. Well, he found nothing wrong with my brakes after the other place said it needed everything replaced. Then we opened the hood and found that they had dumped the oil all over the side of my engine. Won't go to that place anymore. Just like Firestone. Those places just try to rip people off. So great to have a mechanic like Danny to help me out. We also have tried recharging my air conditioning since it was Firestone that told me it needed the whole compressor replaced.

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I normally have D for the past two days it has alternated to C. Feeling a lot of cramping and gas I just hate when I have these problems. I did eat fairly healthy. I have been walking and drinking plenty of water. Hope that it helps.

Have a great weekend, everyone.

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Hi, well our dogs didn't like all the fire crackers and fire works, especially our newest-youngest dog. So I was glad that I decided to stay home and keep them indoors. But I did get to watch the fireworks from our sliding glass door.

I don't know a lot of but sugar alcohols, but I do know that some people have problems with sugar free stuff causing C or D, and some people having problems with sugar substitutes too.

I have tried some of the protein and or fiber bars out there and most of them I just didn't care for. Some just had a really chalky texture, so had strange after taste, some just didn't make me feel good afterwards.

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Sugar alcohols usually have a laxative effect if you get much of them. I think that is the main problem with if someone eats Sugar-free candy. I don't have a problem with Werthers, for some reason, but if I eat much of something else I will. That could be your problem with the protein bars, but it could be something else they use in them. What kind of stevia do you use? Is it something like Truvia or Pure Via? When you get stevia, check the label and see if it has erithritol. That is a sugar alcohol and is the main ingredient in Truvia. The last time I looked at Pure Via it also had that. I had one kind that was from NOW, I think, that was stevia and fiber when I first started using it. For me it didn't dissolve too well, but that might be an idea. I use Sweet Leaf liquid to sweeten my iced tea. You need to be careful not to use too much or it will get bitter. Just use a couple drops at first. I also got another one from the health food store that is an organic, pure stevia without the sugar alcohol that I have used for recipes.

I think your idea of making your own bars from the SP recipes sounds great. That is what I need to do since everything just about has soy and high carbs that you buy. I am not supposed to have much soy or high carbs, so can't really have them.

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Does anyone here have an experience/knowledge about sugar alcohols? I read in one of the articles here and/or somewhere else on the Internet about those being a possible trigger for IBS attacks. I've been feeling so much better lately with the lower dosage of my medication. I take it half an hour before every meal. Unfortunately, I'm struggling a little with losing more weight since I also find I need to eat a little more often to help keep an even keel too. For well over a year, most days my breakfast has consisted of a small helping of juice, lowfat string cheese, and some kind of bar (i.e. Luna or Zone). I know those bars have sugar alcohols in them, but knowing how many and what they are is somewhat of a mystery to me. Anyway, I thought recently that I'd go back to that breakfast. After two days, my belly was hurting, and I had a boatload of gas! It's not the juice or the cheese because I'm still eating/drinking that, and it hasn't bothered me. I did eliminate the bars after Sunday, and I feel fine now. I went to the Spark Recipes to find some cereal type bar recipes that won't have those sugar alcohols or other preservatives in them. I found a bunch of them. The only sweetener I use now is Stevia, and it doesn't seem to bother me. Even then, I don't usually have more than 1 to 1 1/2 packets per day. It seems like I found at least part of my problem. I don't eat too much fresh stuff (other than fruit). I stick with cooked veggies.

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I felt better today. I did get in some exercise with a long walk and also went to the gym. Plan to do more or less the same tomorrow.

Darlene - it's good for you to get outside with Cassie and walk. Especially as the weather has cooled down. I am in Florida and it is very hot. I do walk but not have to do it very early because of the extreme heat and humidity.

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Glad you are feeling okay today, Linda. I have been eating too much, too. At least I am out of things like ice cream and out of money to buy more. I haven't been doing too bad with the IBS-D, but have been getting the gas pockets some.

We have some cool weather the last couple days, to continue for a couple more, then maybe to 90 again. It is nice to take Cassie for a walk when it is cool like today. We went farther than usual and didn't get as worn out. And I have done a few walks with her in the last week and didn't get sick on any of them, so I am happy about that.

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Well, onto another week. I ate too much again today. Don't feel as bad as I normally do when I eat like this. However, I really have to stop.

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I didn't get out after the storm. I cannot see anything from my house, so have the TV on to the Macy's 4th of July. Hope they get to fireworks before it ends. I forgot about them so this is the 2nd session they are showing, but it is scheduled to 10 and it was 2 hours before. This one started at 9. They are now shooting off the firecrackers in my neighborhood, even though they are illegal here. We can't even have glow worms. Too dangerous. They might explode.

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We still have a few hours before we will get to watch fireworks from our own home and have dinner too.

I hope you feel better soon. Janette

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Hope that the 4th of July has been great! We have enjoyed it. We went swimming earlier, out to dinner and watched some fireworks from home. They are just about over now. I had some greasy food which is contributing to a lot of gas and bloating. Hope that D doesn't set in.

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Glad to hear you are doing okay.

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Happy 4th of July to you all, too. I was thinking of going to try photoing some fireworks, but we are getting a thunderstorm coming in, so I don't know if I'll get to. That after running around getting information on my camera (never used the cable release on this one and found out the one from my film camera didn't work on it), then finding my tripod. I have been doing okay other than when I started out today I had to turn around and come home and then head out again. Of course, now I am also about to fall asleep. I guess it's not too bad today because I made it until about 5 before getting sleepy.

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Happy 4th of July to you all. I am still doing well. Just busy going out and meeting people and going to work.

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Feeling a bit sleepy this evening. I took a walk and also went out to dinner with hubby. I did get a large salad and skipped the creamy salad dressing for something lighter. I had been taking Trazodone, anti depressant, which also helps me sleep. I am getting used to my new CPAP machine for the sleep apnea. I am going to attempt to stop taking the anti depressant see if the CPAP takes care of the sleeping issues.

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I got out yesterday and did 2 1/2 hours of trimming in the front yard. Today I took Cassie for a short walk, then went after some things from the store and to get the list of what I need to replace on the truck. I needed stuff for Cassie and Orzo to eat and Safeway had the 93% lean ground beef on sale, so I got some of that. It was so hot, it seemed, that I am lying in my chair in front of the fan. I am doing pretty well and made it through the day out with no problems.

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all my best to you all always. I am doing well, just busy out meeting new people to get myself out of the house and to help my business.

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I have been feeling well. I ate too much on Thursday but did drink plenty of water. I also got in 90 minutes of exercise. Happy Friday, everyone.

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I may have to try. I am looking up parts now and I don't think I can afford them.

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I have never done any of the "Fund Me" type stuff before myself, but I have heard a lot of people talking about it on FB and some of them have good reasons for the money and some stupid and still get it from what I heard.

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That might work, I don't know. I have been calling the NAPA auto parts stores and none of them accept the NAPA Car Care card. I do know a couple people who tried the crowd fund though and got nothing. Well, one got a very small amount after having her thumb torn off and insurance hardly paid anything for the reattachment. I keep trying to save money and get the bills down and all that happens is I get hit with emergencies.

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