My Uncle Henry had been widowed for about a year. During the time of her illness, Uncle Henry had purchased a laptop to do online grocery shopping, paying bills and communications with the family regarding her downward path.
Once Glenda had passed Uncle Henry became a recluse and continued to conduct his living online, only more seriously. Restless and lonely Uncle Henry occupied his days with reading and the computer. One day he read an article on his computer regarding the Bitcoin platform and decided to test it out.
He started of very slowly, only a small portion of his day was occupied with the online gambling phase. As he became lonelier he began to spend more time playing.
He found himself not checking his email as much as he was checking his bank account. Some weeks he would play so much that he would forgo grocery shopping.
The family began to worry about the lack of communication from him and decided they would visit more often. As we visited, Uncle Henry would become more and more agitated that we were using the time he could be spending gambling.
Since he had found himself so deep into a gambling habit. He thought it time to visit a real casino. Finding the commuting and the throngs of people overwhelming, Uncle Henry still loved the thrill of the bet. However, he did resort back to the comfort of his home and computer.
Uncle Henry did lose control and at 83 was placed in a nursing home by the family. His home was sold as with his laptop. Uncle Henry just sits now, thinking about his loss of freedom. As of yet he still doesn’t see what went wrong with his gambling. His anger is still focused on not having his computer.