Unlinking Google, Facebook, and Paypal Accounts

Things are changing in the United States of America so I want to make sure my financial affairs are under the control of myself and my husband as much as possible. Below is a little guide that I put together on Facebook today so I thought I’d share it here. Perhaps it will be helpful to someone else as well? If you share the entire blog or sections of it, please provide credit to Just Julie Writes at New Hope Beyond. Thanks Gentle Reader and Godspeed in the new year! JJ

$$$ GOOGLE TIP:

Awhile back I was shocked to find out that my Google and personal banking info were linked via PayPal. (Maybe from when I sent $ to a gal who wanted it delivered via Facebook and I sent it to her via Messenger from my PayPal account.) This could happen in a myriad of ways! Somehow Google was in the mix for me; could it be for you as well? I don’t want any of them linked. So today I checked Google and found a few links that I didn’t want in the Store and Settings. You very likely do have one if you have an android phone or YouTube account. Maybe iPhone or other programs too? Here’s how to delete them if you have a Google account.*

FIRST AREA TO CHECK

Go to home page of Google.

In upper left of screen, click on “Store.”

Click on Settings.

Click on Google payments.

Click on Edit payment methods.

Remove any items that you don’t want.

Hit the back button to go back to Settings.

Know that you may have another, non-gmail email address set up as a back-up account, in case you get locked out of your gmail account. Make sure none of these are linked either.

Click on Accounts.

Click on the other email address if listed by selecting Switch Accounts.

Click on Google payments.

Click on Edit payment methods.

Remove any items that you don’t want.

SECOND AREA TO CHECK

Go to home page of Google.

In upper right of screen, click on your picture or whatever icon you use to access your account.

Click on Google Account.

Click on Payments and Subscriptions.

Click on Payment Methods. Select Subscriptions and Services and delete any that you don’t want.

Hit Back button and go to Settings. Look around. Do you want to create a PIN before any $$$ can be sent from you? Do you want your info shared with outside companies?

$$$ FACEBOOK TIP:

Been kinda wondering which online accounts are linked to my financial accounts and thought I would check Facey Bookie. I didn’t realize that they had captured some of my info (PayPal) and that there would be a different method for undoing it than I have posted elsewhere.

Here’s the process.*

In the Search Facebook field, type in Facebook Pay.

Click on Payment Methods.

Click on the 3 dots.

Click on Edit Payment Method.

Check the entire page of info provided. I’ll call it the summary page.

Click on Remove account.

When you go back to the summary page, look for Manage Facebook Pay Info.

Do you want these accounts turned off as well?

$$$ PAYPAL TIP

I was checking some online links to my financial information and realized how many accounts are linked, even ones that are not financial institutions per se. Who knows over the course of time, how many online purchases have led to the linking of accounts. This may be true if you click on an ad on Facebook and make a purchase, use Google in the process and click the wrong button somewhere or who knows how this happens! Surely there are others. So I checked a few things as documented elsewhere today, including PayPal. I discovered that my PayPal, Google, and Facebook accounts were linked for signing in! I don’t want this since I don’t know if that opens up access to other information.

Here’s how to un-link them.*

Log in to your PayPal account.

Click on your name in the upper right corner.

Click on Account Settings.

Click on Log in with PayPal then click on the word “Change.”

Check Merchants and delete any that you don’t want linked in this way. (I think the lure is to simplify logging into multiple accounts.)

Go back to Account Settings and look around.

Even though I thought I had opted out, I found that I had been given a PayPal credit card with a $3,000 credit limit as one of my payment methods. I didn’t want this so deleted it. But be careful if you do this. The next screen asks you where you want your card sent! Say what? I backed out of this page and saw that the PayPal credit card was deleted on the Account Settings page.

Good!

Courtesy of Just Julie Writes at New Hope Beyond.

*Note that I am just a happy little web surfer here and not some techy guru. There may be other steps to take as well. Anything deleted may affect services that you DO want so think it through. Please follow-up with the respective platform for any info, questions, or problems beyond these little tips.

A marker of insanity

Look closely at this picture:

sheep, chair, hoof, trimming, animal, vet, husbandry, parasite, treatment

Did you know that you can purchase a heavy duty chair for a sheep?  Crazy stuff!  I cracked up when I saw it in the midst of researching online sources for parasite treatments.  This chair is for trimming the hooves of sheep.  I THINK I NEED ONE TOO!!!

“A sheep or a heavy duty chair?” you ask.  Who knows, maybe both!  Because that is just how insane things have gotten over here, trying to diagnose and treat a serious illness without a clear path to follow.  The latest example is trying to treat for parasites.  They harbor metals and toxins so it makes sense that my treatment would be so complicated, especially when markers for metals and toxins have been high for me at some point.  But try and define which parasite you have after numerous tests are inconclusive, you end up going down a dark hole of guessing or worse yet relying on alternative energy testing — neither one of which are appealing to me.

But I have seen parasites over here.  The worms you can see; the microscopic protozoa you cannot.  Over the past few months I have been treating them with a variety of herbals or limited doses of medications.  Some symptoms got better and my worst symptoms got worse for a day or two.  So what is it:  protozoans or worms?  Both?  Where would I have picked them up anyways?  Why have I gotten temporary relief with some symptoms and violent convulsive episodes and headaches with others?  The answers don’t come easily yet it appears that it is because I am on the right track after all.  Inflammation and brain swelling follows die off of parasites if they are in your brain, your central nervous system.  Many helminths can cause seizures.  Fortunately/unfortunately, brain scans have not found any cysts.  The only remaining diagnostic tools are more obscure labs or a lumbar puncture to test my cerebral spinal fluid.  I had spinal injections many years ago.  I don’t want a lumbar puncture!

So here’s how insane things have gotten lately:

  • If my Doctor’s office cannot find the right labs to process additional parasite testing then I am responsible to search for them nationwide and provide the office with all of the information, facilitate the referrals, and obtain the test procedures.  By the way, experience tells me that very likely I will have to follow up on getting the results to the Doctor’s office, confirming receipt as well figuring out how to fit reviewing them into my appointments already limited by cancellations 25% of the time by their office.  New appointments are 5 months from now . . .
  • The trial-n-error of a variety of herbal, over-the-counter, and drug options for treating parasites has left me having to manage virtually every aspect of this potential cause of illness.  Research continues to dominate my waking hours, trying to find the best review articles and treatment strategies for those that may apply to my care.  Thankfully my Doctor, after much resistance and lectures on his liability  concerns, will review this literature and make recommendations in light of it.  The newest step in me having to find appropriate laboratories seems too much to bear.  I guess I have no choice but to proceed and hope I find the right information online somewhere, Lord willing.  More time and dozens of more seizure attacks will follow daily in the interim.  At least Ibuprofen is helping now with the headaches!
  • The billing of two of three past treatment situations are my “special project” each week.  Looks like I just got the first one resolved from an ambulance trip in January so hey, let’s add two more, eh?  Getting pre-auth for a special injection and getting reimbursement for a specialized test in July remain.  No problem.  This is why we go through so many reams of paper around here dontcha know?  Printing out the documentation for tracking everything, following up, yada, yada, yada fills my days.  Just doin’ my job, ma’am!
  • My latest dilemma is the most crazy:  if I am convinced that parasite treatments are needed but I am unable to obtain the strongest ones via a traditional medical route then others in my situation have ordered medications from veterinary or international sources.  Ordering meds online scares the heck out of me!  Members of certain Facebook groups claim both are very safe options and have worked well for them when their Doctors poo-pooed their requests for treatment.  I just dunno about this . . .Systemic parasitic infections are often a clinical diagnosis just like chronic Lyme.  The latter seems to be more acceptable in illness-focused groups than the former.  But the evidence is growing (pun intended!) that one of the strategies opportunistic infections use to stay alive inside of you is to hide in larger parasitic organisms.  The body may even harbor parasites to keep these smaller organisms from killing us.  And the research confirms that parasites harbor toxic metals in possibly yet another symbiotic, protective mechanism. At some point you have to address both the chicken-and-the-egg in these toxic relationships.  Kill the parasites and out comes other toxins both organic and inorganic.  Talk about a “herx!”  At least now I have an Ultra Binder to minimize the herxheimer reaction.
  • Very simply, the only rescue remedy I have remaining to stop the worst of the convulsive episodes is a high dose of steroids.  Nothing else helps for more than a few minutes.  The problem with this is that my Doctor won’t prescribe but a few doses because of osteoporosis (that likely came from antibiotic treatment for chronic Lyme last year).  I understand his thinking.  However, he doubted me when I told him that I only used it sparingly even though I showed him the bottle with remaining doses still in the bottle!  He decided that it would be appropriate to use steroids when the convulsive episodes exceed 7 hours.  SEVEN HOURS!  That was what I did a week ago Saturday.  It was hell!  If I did not have those remaining few pills left, I would have landed in the Emergency Room again.  Holy cow.  Holy sheep?  What an insane treatment plan.
  • So I continue to stay up very late at night most nights because sometimes it lessens the convulsive episodes.  Often there are breakthrough spikes while I sit here with you and while my beloved sleeps soundly just beyond the door without me . . .

What an insane treatment plan indeed.  So gather ’round anyone lost in the sea of forgotten medical mania and serve up a tincture of sheep elixir for a sorry night of seizing under the moon.   Or maybe not.  I have no idea at this point.  But I gotta tell ya that wrapping up in a nice wool blanket on a bark-a-lounger sounds pretty good right now.  Move over Sheepy.  This gal’s gonna need to rest more than you do right now . . .

JJsheep, flower, bug-eyed, big eyes, lamb