I went in on Fri to get an impacted wisdom tooth removed. It was pretty bad so they put me under. The surgery went great and I was actually excited to get it done. I was pleased that I’d get one low risk procedure, hurt for a few days, and then be pain free for the rest of my life. My family, however, wanted to “help me out”. Dad: “You gotta watch out for that dry socket. It’s the worst pain I’ve ever felt.” Uncle: “Oh that dry socket, you know your father gave it to me since he told me about it?” (Yeah, actual quote there, TMS much?) Mom: “Your father and uncle got dry socket. It’s terrible.” Yesterday, I mentioned I was hurting pretty good. Family members: “You must have dry socket!” So I called the surgeon this morning and described all my symptoms. I was told that given my circumstances, dry socket was highly unlikely. The pain immediately started to subside. Then, I knew exactly what it was. I told the doctor that I wasn’t going to come into the office early and that I was going to work like normal. So far, so good. My question is, what do you do in this situation? I was confident that I would be fine. I was fine, but after days of being told about this awful thing that would happen to me, I began to doubt and then, the pain came, of course. My family has always been a guiding force, but they get a lot wrong (at least with my health "issues"), and are very confident that they don't.