Boy! If you EVER experience a dry socket from the blood clot in the socket busting loose you wouldn't play around poking your tongue in the socket ever again!!!!!! I've had TWO dry sockets and it sure wasn't from poking my tongue around in there!!! NO FUN! LOTS OF P-A-I-N!!! NO RELIEF by ANY means except to get that socket packed w/gauze saturated w/some pain reliever!
I sure am sorry you're missing your annual event, Broom!! That sucks. But am glad you seem to be starting to get some relief. (((hugs)))