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I used to take heroin at every opportunity, for over 10 years, now I just take methadone which supposedly "stabilizes" me though I feel more destabilized than ever before despite having been relatively well behaved since late November/early December 2010... and VERY ANGRY about this when I let it get to me so I try not to.

I was told by a mental health nurse that my heroin addiction was "self medication" for a mood disorder that has recently become severe enough to cause psychotic episodes. As well as methadone I take antipsychotics daily. Despite my problems I consider myself a very sane person. My priority is to attain stability. I go to Narcotics Anonymous because I "want what they have" ~ Serenity.

My old blog used to say "candid confessions of a heroin and crack cocaine addict" how come that one comes up when I google "heroin blog" and not this one. THIS IS MY BLOG. I don't flatter myself that every reader knows everything about me and follows closely every single word every day which is why I repeat myself. Most of that is for your benefit not mine.

This is my own private diary, my journal. It is aimed at impressing no-one. It is kept for my own benefit to show where I have been and hopefully to put off somebody somewhere from ever getting into the awful mess I did and still cannot crawl out of. Despite no drugs. I still drink, I'm currently working on reducing my alcohol intake to zero.

If you have something to say you are welcome to comment. Frankness I can handle. Timewasters should try their own suggestions on themselves before wasting time thinking of ME.

PS After years of waxing and waning "mental" symptoms that made me think I had depression and possibly mild bipolar I now have found out I'm schizoaffective. My mood has been constantly "cycling" since December 2010. Mostly towards mania (an excited non-druggy "high"). For me, schizoaffective means bipolar with (sometimes severe)
mania and flashes of depression (occasionally severe) with bits of schizophrenia chucked on top. You could see it as bipolar manic-depression with sparkly knobs on ... I'm on antipsychotic pills but currently no mood stabilizer. I quite enjoy being a bit manic it gives the feelings of confidence and excitement people say they use cocaine for. But this is natural and it's free, so I don't see my "illness" as a downer. It does, however, make life exceedingly hard to engage with...

PPS The "elevated mood" is long gone. Now I'm depressed. Forget any ideas of "happiness" I have given up heroin and want OFF methadone as quick as humanly possible. I'm fed up of being a drug addict. Sick to death of it. I wanna be CLEAN!!!

Attack of the Furry Entertainers!

Attack of the Furry Entertainers!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Winter White Siberian Hamsters


IF I DO get hamsters again, I might go for Winter White Dwarf Russian hamsters.

They are normally sold as just "Russian hamsters" but there are two species. In Europe winter whites (phodopus sungorus) are the most popular. They are very good natured with people and each other, hardly ever bite. They are about twice as big as roborovskis (phodopus roborovskii) and far less flighty by nature. Winter whites DO make very good pets for children.

They are named "winter white" because (provided you don't leave the lights on all the time), the reduced daylight hours in winter make them lose the characteristic grey colouring and, depending on the individual, go anything from white-grey with spots to almost pure white.

In America, "Russian hamsters" are more likely to be Campbells dwarf hamsters (phodopus campbelli) , which come from the same Siberian regions. In natural coloration they look very much the same, except the characteristic dorsal stripe is less marked and there are no black stripes round the flanks.

These are said to be less good-natured than winter whites. I used to have one winter white and one Campbells who lived together and found this to be true because the winter white was perfectly placid, whereas the Campbells absolutely hated being picked up! But unlike winter whites, these can be bred into a vast array of colours.

Coming from the Siberian wastes as they do, Russian hamsters of both types have the thickest and softest fur of any hamster species. They even have fur on the soles of their feet!

Of course, this being Furry Friday on Saturday I have to add that baby Russian hammies are very tiny ...

... and cute!


Bimbimbie said...

Too cute ... I'd have to go for the white ones. Years ago I used to have a pair of albino Guinea pigs which soon had babies*!*

Akelamalu said...

OH you're spoilt for choice! I didn't know there were so many different species of hamsters!

Gledwood said...

BIMBIMBIE: you can get Campbells that are white all the time; else the normal winter whites are grey by summer and far lighter by winter. But you couldn't tell by looking at any individual one how light that one would go (un4tunately) ...

AKELAMALU: o yeah there's 5 different ones "commonly" kept as pets ...
1. Syrian/golden (normal hamsters)
2. Winter White Russian (dwarf)
3. Campbells Russian (dwarf)
4. Roborovski (pymgy)
5. Chinese (like a big mouse)

Anonymous Drifter said...

Loved the pics, thanks for sharing.

Gledwood said...

aye you're welcome; they come from an online pet shop mostly y'know ;->...

Merle said...

Hello Gleds ~~ I was so sorry to hear that Spherical died, I guess she was lonely, But these Russian whites look lovely and sound calmer than the robos. So that sound like the way to go, because you really enjoyed your hammies.
Thanks for you comment that I look like my aunties. We did all look alike. I was surprised your weather is warmer than here. 8oF is about 27C but we are just at the end of Winter and you are at the end of Summer. It doesn't get much hotter than that in London, does it? It is hard to know if British Airways were racist in
banning Naomi Campbell or was she
just too rude and abusive?
Take care, my friend. Regards,Merle.

Gledwood said...

No Naomi Campbell has been in a lot of trouble bc of her temper. It definitely was her fault and not BA being racist.

If I get hamsters again I think I probably will get Russian ones. It's just nice to be able to pick them up without thinking they're fine then 5 mins later their panicking and dropping on the floor!

My Daughter's Addiction said...

Gled-so sorry for the loss of all of your little robos. Looking forward to seeing your new Russian family.

Puss-in-Boots said...

If I were into hamsters, I rather like the sound of the Winter Whites. I like pets that don't bite and let you pick them up. Good luck with whichever variety you choose. I'm sure you'll let us know...

Sweden said...

it's so funny and cute how obsessed with hamsters you are, i told my X rob about you today as were were riding around on his motorbike

Deb said...

Hey gleds.

Missed ya.

I think you should get some more furry friends - you're so good to them and I think they really are good for you, too.


Janice said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your last hamster passing away, I guess they don't live very long.

The baby hamster are really cute.


Gledwood said...

MDA: IF I get them ... not sure yet. Still I have loads of pumblechooks in the fridge and nothing to do with them ...

PUSSINBOOTS: + they have AMAZINGLY soft fur, like nothing else. If they'd been created very much bigger they'd surely have been hunted to death by now just for their pelts, poor swines ...

SWEDEN: o yeah you gotta be all or nothing and if that's obsessive that's just me ya know ...

DEBS: I probably shall but haven't decided anything yet. I decided if I do to get an enormous see-thru plastic storage box (you know the type I mean) here they're about £6 for a big one so I'd expect by you they're $6 because everything's ripoff prices here.

Debs Debs what have you been DOING? Any news?... do tell please!!

JANICE: ;->...

Gattina said...

They are soooo cute ! like little fur balls !

Syd said...

Gleds, they are really cute. I would think that any of these little ones would be wonderful to have. Really sparky little eyes.



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