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    Wash your hands. Wash your hands. No. Really. Wash your hands.

    I'm vigilant about this. To the point where it's almost an obsession.

    And hey? Guess what? I very, very rarely get sick. I have stomach problems lol. But I can't tell you when the time I got a cold was.
    You're going to lose people in your life, and realize that no matter how much time you spent with them or how often you told them you loved them, it will never seem like it was enough.

    Hug the ones you love.

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    That only helps if transmission occurs through touch alone. Problem is when people don't cover their mouths when they cough or sneeze and I'm always encountering those people during the cold/flu seasons. Masks are supposed to help, but I keep forgetting to use one. It's too late though when somebody coughs and doesn't cover their mouth. The germs travel pretty far and stays in the air for a long time.


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    Infuriatingly came down with another sore throat, which for me is the early sign of a cold. I already had a cold a couple weeks ago. And I wondered about the soda fountains at 7 Elevens. A big cup is only a buck and I'd been regularly getting diet coke there the last several months. I encountered this article:


    Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but it?s time you know that you should definitely avoid fountain sodas and slurpees forever. Here?s why.
    Warning: Graphic photos ahead.

    1. Mold and Bacteria


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    Since restaurant workers rarely clean the soda machines, there?s most definitely a crap ton of mold in the pipes that your bubbly beverage runs through.
    And the ice in your drinks from places like McDonald?s, Burger King and Starbucks is even worse. Apparently the ice from these establishments have more bacteria than water samples taken from their toilet bowls. Yuck.


    2. Bleach


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    And when the workers do clean, they typically just dump bleach down the pipes to unclog the mold. That means you?re probably drinking way more chemicals than what?s already in your soda.
    The photo above is the stuff cleaned out of the machine?s drain hose. #barf


    3. Fecal Bacteria


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    In other words POOP. Yes, this is legit. According to research published in the International Journal of Food Microbiology, 90 beverages from soda fountain machines in Virginia were tested for fecal contamination. I?m not sure how it got there, but the results showed that about half of the drinks came up positive for coliform bacteria, indicating fecal matter was there. Ew.


    4. E. coli


    Photo courtesy of wired.co.uk

    In that same study, another bacteria ? called E. coli ? was found in the fountain drinks. So if you want to have diarrhea, a UTI, respiratory illness or pneumonia, go ahead and have your soda. I?ll pass.


    5. Insects


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    Cockroaches. Yeah i said it. First off, I?ve seen them by the soda machines in my dining hall. Restaurant workers also say they?ve seen those buggers because, apparently, they like the syrup that leaks from the machines. Guh-ross.


    6. The Smell


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    Ever have a washing machine that smells really musty? Well, I assume the mold, fecal matter and everything else combined in a soda machine would create a stench that?s just not appealing. Period.

    7. Health Reasons


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    If you didn?t already know, soda?s not good for you. There?s way too much sugar and a ton of random ingredients you probably can?t even pronounce. Something in Coke can even take rust and paint off of cars, so imagine what it does to your intestines?
    So there you have it. The next time you order a burger and fries, think twice before getting a fountain soda.
    If I needed a reason to quit diet coke, or at least fountain versions, this is it. I don't care if this article is overexagerrating. Holy crap.

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    I legitimately do not remember creating this thread.
    I guess let's just roll with it then. Well, most of my thoughts are health thoughts lately. And they're most definitely not random.

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    I think that is the dangers of the Internet. We are constantly leaving a trail of information, and yet we are unaware of where it is all going.
    Yeah I'm not the biggest fan of that, internet addict or not. I don't really do the social media thing. To be fair though I made this in late 2016. I probably don't remember much else of that time period either. Things just get forgotten and buried.

    I'm realizing how depressing my posts are sounding haha. They're not terribly bad; just thoughts. Observations.

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    I’m very, very cautiously optimistic right now. I went thru absolute pure hell last week with stomach problems. I started a new med Thu night that seems to be working for me. This would be med number 30? 40? That I’ve tried? I have seriously lost count. Have been keeping food down finally. No (or very rarely any) nausea this weekend. My appetite is mostly back.

    I haven’t jumped on a scale yet but I know I’ve lost some pounds the last couple months. My clothes fit looser. Losing weight the hard way. I guess that’s what happens when you eat one tiny, and I mean tiny meal a day, and go three to four days without eating anything at times.

    Fingers crossed I found meds that work this time.
    You're going to lose people in your life, and realize that no matter how much time you spent with them or how often you told them you loved them, it will never seem like it was enough.

    Hug the ones you love.

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    Learned that people around me are dropping like flies, including someone who ended up in the hospital. So much for the fountain drink theory. But I'm still going to avoid them.

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    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh I hate migraines
    Blessed Be, in both Light and Darkness.
    ♥¥ Love and Light☮☼

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    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh I hate migraines
    I hope u feel better Kay (((hugs))). A dark room, quiet and a cold washcloth on my forehead helps me when I get them.
    You're going to lose people in your life, and realize that no matter how much time you spent with them or how often you told them you loved them, it will never seem like it was enough.

    Hug the ones you love.

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    Idk what it is, but the trend of feeling better is still going. I had some stress-related stomach aches for about a half hour today, but they weren't nearly as bad as they have been in the last year or so. No nausea, no vomiting. I'm eating, staying hydrated. I never thought I'd be so glad to feel somewhat normal. Not great. Just. Somewhat normal. Functioning.
    You're going to lose people in your life, and realize that no matter how much time you spent with them or how often you told them you loved them, it will never seem like it was enough.

    Hug the ones you love.

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    I think I'm slowly starving to death and my family is just watching.
    *Fart noises*

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