I've weaned myself mostly off the meds, which is a Very Good Thing indeed. Even ibuprofin is needed less and less. What I'm doing is (slowly) testing my limits, and pain is the feedback mechanism that tells me to stop.
I drove the Jeep to the dog park once (4 on the floor), and that was OK. I've gone from working in a wingback chair to working at my desk - I'm not sure that that's OK - the desk height is wrong and the chair doesn't support me like the wingback. It's an exploration.
All in all, though, this Thanksgiving I will have something to be thankful for. The accident could very well have been much worse.