Thanks Kpat for your post. I just posted on Bettie’ s thread and it made me want to post some of my thoughts. I have wanted to gamble the last few days. I think the stress of my Mom’s surgery triggered my urges. Then the thought of taking care of her stressed me out. She is already running my Sister into the ground. She has been mean, very demanding and unappreciative. She spent 10 days in the hospital and the first 2 days after the surgery wasn’t doing very well. It could have went the other way but she survived. You would think that she would have a different outlook on life but it is the same story. I bought scratch tickets today and didn’t feel bad about it. I feel very stressed. I know, no excuse. I need to deal with these feelings.