Hey Tammylayne -
First, it is good to know that the your bowels functioned (if sub optimally) after the long period of daily enema use. Some people have tried to dissuade me from the idea, claiming that I won't be able to go at all on my own if I start down that road. Didn't sound believable to me, but I thought I'd check.
Second, I think all reversalists need to own a DVR so that they can pause live TV - otherwise, why bother even starting a show in our condition?
So far, my Imodium experience has not been bad, with two caveats. The first is that I can only take it for a day or two, because it really shuts me down. Then the day after I stop (or the following day) I really pay the price for using it. In there like 25-35 times/day. It is useful for when you just have to have a break though. Second, I feel like it slows me down mentally. I have not taken more than 8 or 9 a day, but when I do, I feel a bit like I've been drugged. Don't get me wrong, it beats being in the bathroom 30 times a day, but I am a little concerned about what the effect of long term use on cognitive function might be.
Vis a vis surgeons and enemas, mine actually planted the idea with me. Early on, when there was some concern about whether I would be a permanent bag case (which frankly, I still haven't ruled out), I asked whether I would rather have an ileostomy or a colostomy. She told me that one advantage to a colostomy was that it could be irrigated, and that often, that kept bag maintenance to a once a day thing. I didn't really focus on that answer in her office, but when I got home I did some searching, and then occurred to me that if I could irrigate through the stoma (which seems entirely non-controversial), why couldn't I irrigate the old-fashioned way? That's when I really started searching these boards, and in pretty short order found myself to Queen of the Enema
Anyway, for now I am just slogging it out. Would be great if things improve sufficiently that none of this necessary, but it is nice to know that there is a back-up plan.
Hope your recovery keeps going well.