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Shelby has kidney disease. But she desperately wants children but fears her condition will prevent her from carrying a child. While the women are having their hair done, Shelby has an episode of low blood sugar. Here is part of the dialogue from that scene as Shelby is recovering from the low blood sugar incident, as they talk about her desire to have a child:

M'Lynn: No, no. She'll be fine. Don't fuss over her.Clairee: Here, M'Lynn.M'Lynn: Thanks.Truvy: I'm really sorry about the children part, M'Lynn.M'Lynn: I know. Shelby's afraid Jackson will be throwin' away his chance to have children.Shelby: Jackson said: Shelby, don't be stupid. There's plenty of kids out there need good homes.M'Lynn: Drink some.Shelby: We'll adopt 10 of them. We'll buy them if we have to.Clairee: Jackson sounds like good people to me.Shelby: Oh Mama, I'm sorry!!M'Lynn: That's all right, honey.Shelby: I'm sorry!!M'Lynn: lt's all right. lt's all over now. lt's all-You hold your juice.

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