Hi, I'm glad to find this forum. My mom, 61 years old, had a spinal fusion surgery, (6 screws and 2 rods), on 12/5/08. She was in the hospital until 12/10 and is home now. We are feeling frustrated that she is so "out of it" from her meds - she's on Oxycontin and Valium. My step-father has been working with the doctors to adjust her meds, but she never reports less than a "7" pain rating, so they don't want to lessen the doses. Her tongue is "thick" when she talks, she can't stay awake long, and she is really out of it, generally. Is this normal and when should we see some progress? I'm sad she probably won't remember Christmas. Thank you for any input.