As you might know already my name is Rosie, although some people call me Rose and I don’t mind which. I live with my lovely husband called Duncan, although you might find I refer to him as D as he is more known by that and I rarely call him by his full name as he has always been D to me :-). We also share our life with our Golden Retriever Harley, our black Labrador Retriever Myka, two lovely ragdoll cats called Huggy Bear and Angel and our longest resident cat Molly.
I live in the beautiful Scottish Islands in a fantastic house for me, we were very blessed to get a new build wheelchair property that was ideal for my needs and that makes life a lot easier. I am also a vegan for ethical reasons (although I am also allergic to dairy and eggs, not that I now have any problems with this due to being vegan) and I am very passionate about animal welfare. You probably guessed we do by our animals, if I could I would happily own a pig but nope I am not allowed :-(. Why a pig you ask? well I have always loved animals but since finding out about a lovely pig called Esther I have become more obsessed with them. You can find out about this wonderful and inspiring pig (and lovely family) at Esther the Wonder Pig!
So you probably want to know a little bit more about the girl behind bedcrafter? and maybe even the reason for the name. Well I came up with it because I have to craft in bed due to my health 🙂 and it really is as simple as that. It can be challenging to craft in bed but I hope to share some of the things I have learnt along the way, so if you are in this situation too and still want to craft hopefully I can help you. If not then maybe you’ll find this info interesting and its not the main reason for my blog anyway, as I wanted a place to share what I craft and talk all about it.
I am Chronically ill and disabled and have been for the last 15 years or so, this can affect my Crafting in many ways. Crafting is a thing I love to do and it’s one of the few things I can do considering my limitations.
At present I am confined to a hospital bed in my home. I am unable to get out of this bed at present so am in it 24 hours a day. I have been like this for several years. My illness affects me in various ways, I suffer from a mixture of severe joint/muscle pain and fatigue. I also have problems with my short term memory and am light sensitive and suffer from migraines. On some days I am lucky to have the strength to feed myself or lift a knife and fork without being in extreme pain. I am on high grade analgesia but this still does not remove all the pain. Every day can be so hard especially because you never know what kind of day your going to have, even then it can often change within that day so it even makes planning anything really difficult.
My husband is my full time carer and does everything for me on a daily and nightly basis. I rely on him heavily and I can’t cope long without him, an example of this is he can’t leave the house for longer than 2 hours most of the time and during the night he is often called in to help me every few hours or less. This is why crafting is so important for me as it brings some creativity and brightness into my day. This is also part of the reason I wanted to share that passion with you.
Most days if I am lucky I am able to crochet, for how long varies depending on how my day goes. It can be as little as 10 minutes or several short periods during the day or I might be OK to enjoy a relaxed few hours. There are of course days I am not able to manage any at all but I am lucky that these days are rare. Sometimes I might be having a tough day but I will still reach for my hooks as they can actually help me, I think its because its distracts my body from the pain and it can be a relief to find that escapism.
Crochet is the main thing I do at present just because of my limitations. I however love things like paper crafting and card making (I have an extensive collection). It is one of the most difficult things for me to do but there are times when I am able to do this, sadly its very rare at the moment. Sometimes despite the possible repercussions to my health it’s worth it just for the mental boost.
This is why something like crochet is so important to me as I am able to do little bits at a time and its easy to rest in between. I have found for crafting in bed it is one of the easiest things to do with these limitations. It took a while when I started to build up any strength to do this but I found the movements less painful than Knitting. I still find it painful and uncomfortable at times but I try to gauge what I can do. The other problem I can have is if I over do it, it could effect me for days or worst case scenario a week or longer. Over doing it could be as little as watching TV for too long or having a visitor for 5 minutes.
Well I think that’s enough about me but hopefully I have given you a good idea of my situation. If you have any questions or would like to know more please feel free to ask me, I’ll do my best to reply.
I just wanted to add one more thing, my husband D that I mentioned earlier 🙂 well his thing is running. He loves it and runs most days, he has his own blog all about running and other things too. If you want to check it out you can do here.