Wow! You and I had basically the same thing. Thanks for responding so quickly too.
Did you have adhesions in the area as well? Any time tissues are infected or inflamed in any way, the body responds with scar tissue, so I had multiple obstructed areas in the small intestine. Honestly, I think it was the adhesions that caused most of my problem. I was also lucky that the histologist that got the gallbladder was a good friend of mine, and she told me the God's honest truth about
how badly infected it was. (For the uninitiated, a Histologist is the person in the pathology lab who actually sections tissues and preps the slides for the Pathologist to look at and diagnose.) I obtained copies of the surgical and path reports and was shocked to learn that I had tumors growing on my gb. Just 4 years earlier, I lost my father to gallbladder cancer because he was of the old-school opinion that you never see a doc until you're at death's door - and that's exactly what happened to him.
Aren't you glad you had the freedom to just go straight to your surgeon? I often wonder about
people in the UK or Canada who have to jump through the national health care hoops and have so much less control over their care than we do in the States. But that's a totally different topic. What a horror story that you had to lose 5 (of the best!) years of your life just to get diagnosed and properly treated. I'm glad to know you.