- Having emails coming in doesn't bother me - being limited in how much I could type meant I easily restricted my email responses to those that required an immediate response.
- Similarly, I found it easy to stay off Twitter and Facebook.
- Typing with index fingers only is frustrating - lots of typographical errors and you can easily revert to using all your fingers (and being in immediate pain). Although I did get fairly good at touch typing with index fingers, staying away from the keyboard for most of a weekend really helped the recovery.
- Doing groceries as you need them is not only easier to carry, but you end up with less food wastage as you really do stick to what you need.
- PhD supervisors can be very supportive.
So I'm not 100% but at least I can work for some hours each day, comfortably hold novels (text books are still an issue), write emails and wash my hair properly (it was the pain from washing hair that made me realise that I was having a fairly serious RSI issue). So while I am mostly operational now, I'm still putting off laboratory work until I have pain-free days. It was not fun being unable to do a variety of household tasks, so I don't want to go through another round of the painful RSI I initially had!