Sunday, 28 September 2008

my name is morton.AND I AM AN ADDICT.!!

I can barely write these words. the shame of it.but the time has come for me to admit to you all my shameful secret.  I AM AN ADDICT.   it started  so innocently,a friend got me into it,at first  i wasn't really interested,then slowly,before i realised  it          i was hooked.      now,here  i sit     twitching  from  withdrawal symptoms.   how low  have i become?   so what is it   i hear  you ask?  cocaine?  heroin??  crack??   the demon drink?    maybe  pot  or ecstacy?   no   far,far  worse.  i   morton lake  have  become an  addict  of            facebook.     and  to be more precise    owned on  facebook.         hangs  head  in shame.         lol       now  i know a lot has been written about facebook,and  other social networking  sites,and  yes  there are a lot of rubbish  on there,  but  i have got hooked on owned,  basically  you  buy "friends "photos  and earn  "lunchmoney"  for doing  so.   think  stocks and shares with a touch of poker  thrown in.   the secret is to know when to stop buying them back  lol.   and  before anyone says anything        i know a lot of jland  already are on facebook,and  its  sister site  my yearbook.  i got 3 as friends.   any one else  reading this  happens to be members,add me  lol.         so there you have  it        my shameful secret is out.    

actually  the break from writng this journal has done  me        and you    lol     a lot of good,i was finding it hard to write entries,writers   hopefully i am back  for good.   but if i am away for any length of time,   at least now  you know  where  i am  lol.  wonder  if that pic sold  i just bo..........  oops  sorry   .ahem  

now, whats been happening?   mum  has had a lot of pain with the arthritis,and as i said  getting very forgetful,but  at the moment  seems pretty much ok.  got chiropodists tomorrow,so hopefully  her feet  will be easier  for her afterwards.  my MS?  ah,now  that  im afraid  is not so good.  i had a fall last week which has left me feeling  very sore.  i was in the garden,just planted a hardy fuschia out that had been in a pot all summer,trod it in,  came over dizzy,went backwards      so i automatically  stepped back   and..................fell straight over  the bloody water feature behind  me.   went down with a crash too.        that hurt.   swallowing bad at the moment,speech a bit slurred,legs hurt,ankle is  still swollen although the anti inflammatories  do help.   still going though  lol.   

i finally had an answer about the carers grant i had applied for. 2 social workers came last week to see mum an me.  ( im pretty sure they travel as pairs for moral support  lol )  my assessment officer is a new lady as the one i saw last year  is away on maternity leave,    and  she  was  quick to tell me          of course i am entitled to a carers grant.  they rang me the week before to make an appointment to come and see us.   the other lady is mums new social worker.she came to assess mums  needs.        although   quite  what she thought had altered  i am not sure?   and         i  did notice        that she is the  4th i have seen in a short space of time.  fast turnover in that job.  i do feel sorry for them actually.  it must be a hopeless task for them sometimes.

to cut a long story short,i am going to get a carers grant  to enable me to go out  one day a week,using  bus  and train         driving  long distances  is painful for me,   and  i decided on days out,rather than  going away  because  i dont think  mum is  too good  at me being away from her for any length of time,so i thought,a day out,once a week  will get her used to me being away          and  maybe next year  i can get away  for a week or so.        her social worker is arranging for a carer to come in to give her a sandwich  and cup of tea for lunch,also  crossroads carers will come for 3 hours  in the afternoon to sit with her,  this arrangement will be ongoing,  i am just waiting for  the cheque,and confirmation  when this can start.         to be able  just  to get to Norwich  for the day,look round the castle museum,cathedral   etc.        that  will do  for me  for now.   and wont be too stressful for mum either.  she knows i will be home around  5ish     and seems ok with the idea.

tracey has been on holiday for the last 2 weeks,so we have been getting up a bit later,she is back with us friday,i didnt want another carer in her place,as before when tracey had a holiday   her firm  wanted  mum to  keep having  different carers in each day, they always seem to be short staffed   so  we said dont bother. 

the  flowers  in the pots and baskets have all been dumped,and  i have winter flowering pansies in them in their place.    £3 for 20 at tescos,not a bad price,but the weather  turned warm just after i put them in  (at last  lol )  and they aren't doing all that well. i will post pics  later.      as for the tomatoes   they are  pulled up and dumped.  i can safely say  they were the  worse i have ever grown          tasteless,tough,not very nice at all. 

So,there  we are.  i think  i shall be with you again  as normal,but  i  dont promise  to read quite as many journals as i was  doing.   what with  facebook,and  poker,( i am playing a lot more than i did,and have joined a private league on AOL games,anyone  interested  in  good  poker,free to join  and  of course  play,i cant afford to play  for cash  lol,with  prizes  that  can be won  for no fee,lovely people to play with,get in touch and  i will mail details.)  jland   sometimes  gets slightly ignored by me.      but  i  do read  your journals.  i  am always  here  if anyone  wants  me,  i  do still care about you all. thanks for all your kind mails and comments,take care all.             


specialadyfink said...

Facebook-I have heard of it but never been-wouldn't know what to do with it.
Glad you get to get out now-it will do you a world of good.

luvrte66 said...

"my name is morton.AND I AM AN ADDICT.!!"

Hi Mort.

Can't say that I'm into Facebook, but if you're enjoying yourself and chatting with people, what's the harm in that?

Great to hear that you'll get a chance to get out and about every so often. Everyone deserves a break, and you certainly do! Hope your soreness eases soon.

All my best,

buckoclown said...

Wow, a lot of information to digest :o)

Hope your soreness eases soon.  So glad that you will get a chance to get out-and-about a bit.  Facebook, have never been there.  Glad mum is doing OK.

Cheers.  Ken

jjdolfin9 said...

I always thought you had an addictive personality Mort...  LOL.  Anything that gives you pleasure these days is a blessing and so what if it's also an addiction.  Enjoy yourself.
Hugs, Joyce

sybilsybil45 said...

Oh you devil you Mort Lake   LOL at your age to be an addict.. I ask you !!!
But I am glad that you are having some fun with Facebook. My niece tried to get me on but I declined as I am never sure where it might I know  LOL !!
Pleased that the social workesr came....again...and this time you seem to have come out well.. Please do make yourself a firm day out, sometimes I am sure you won't feel like it or Mum might want you there that day but do your best to make a firm decision to be out...wherever that may be to...As you say next year perhaps in the spring you can get away for a few more days.....Box Calling ????  I might.. should.. be up in Thetford in the spring and could bring you back with me and Mary...worth a thought ?  Hope MUm is feeling better this morning. Think it might be the weather that is bringing even more pain I know this last week my hands have been ever so sore and stiff...  LOve for now  Sybil xxx

suzyh73 said...

ah facebook, the guilty pleasure!! I am on there too!!! Suzy xx

ukgal36 said...

i think i have  page on facebook but prefer myspace..have a good week..the grant will do you a world of good being able to get out and about...happy for you mort...

jhorky said...

Mort you traitor.  I have heard of facebook but not going to go there.  I am on My Space because my grandson taLKED ME INTO IT BUT don't know my way around.  I am so glad you could get a carrer for Mum so you can get out.  After Alan passed away I went out to relieve hospice patients carers and it was to soon.  They affected me to much.  All I can say is have fun but don't you dare forget us here.  You see even american Moms are aware when things just don't seem right.  I knew you were up to no good.  Lol  Cram as much enjkoyment into your life as you can.  Lucy    TRAITOR!!!

jeanno43 said...

Oh addictions come in all varities. Glad you are enjoying facebook.  I probably will not join as I have enough to do on here already, in fact I spend too long on here.  Glad you are getting your allowance Mort and do hope you enjoy your days out.  Nasty about the fall, make sure you get checked if you feel any worse.

dsonney01 said...

Good to hear you ar back! I was playing in MYspace so I undrstand. Just too much bling bling to keep up with. Planing a break (vacation) is half the fun. Where are you off to when the grant comes through? sorry about the fall and moms memory. That is the hardest of all I believe. Hugs, Dannelle

cayasm said...

Great news about the Grant Mort it's been long overdue, and you really need the respite, and hopefully your mum will click with the carers. As for FaceBook I've been toying with the idea for ages lol, think you might have convinced me now! I too hope to return to J-land soon I miss you guys.


lanurseprn said...

I thought you were going to list some other kind of addiction Mort!! You had me FOOLED! LOL!
I'm glad you are having fun on the computer. I'm also glad you will be able to get out of the house now and then. That's so important for you. You will feel so much better! I'm so happy for you. It will help you feel better. I'm sorry you fell. Scary that you fall, but at least you didn't get hurt worse. Be careful my friend.
Hugs and love to you, Pam

linnpooh said...

You're too cute....I thought "oh no, he's addicted to his meds" LOLOLOL! I haven't been to face book, but my daughter loves it. Great news that both you & your Mum are doing some better.....I will pray for that to continue so you can get out more.

Take Care.....and sorry about your scary fall!

Pooh Hugs,

ninareade said...

Great to see you back on form darlin, and thanks for the lovely afternoon i spent with you and mum recently, she is the sweetest lady on this earth and as bright as a button.  Dont you dare come to Norwich without ringing me first, that museum has skellinktons and mummies you know and they are really scarey lol  take care luv xxx Nina PS i am just going to have to add you on facebook lol

funnyface0s0 said...

Hi Mort .... lovely entry, so your a facebook addict eh ?  Most of my friends are on there but its not something i am into!    Glad to hear you have been given the Carers grant, it will do both you and Mum good.
speaky soon
Luv Jaynee XX

Lori J said...

Hello Morton....and I to am an addict but not to Facebook. I went on it but found it way to open and not specific enough.
I love my blogging but really have to watch as the time flys by when I am writing.
So glad we have reconnected. As I have been busy since hubby's heart attack my life seems to be on high alert...
Blessings as always

Lori (from Alberta)

Lucy said...

Morton you are alwaYS LECTURING ME, NOW LISTEN UP, bE CAEREFUL AND WHERE WAS YOUR WALKING STICK? Hate to even think of that for me. I do know how unstable you must be as I think of Alan, then of coiurse there is ME. Lucy

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