I understand your thought process...I thought long and hard before going for the reversal, and if you have searched daily enema, as I am sure you have, you will see my name come up frequently. Some call me the Enema Queen
. There are actually a few of us here that live the enema lifestyle. I like it because it takes the unknown out of the bathroom situation. I know every morning from 7 - 730 is bathroom time,,,really easy to schedule my life around that. I can't speak to the perm colostomy as I never had one - I would think it would become pretty predictable but I don't know. It was a living hell for me have the ileo...accidents, burning skin, bags not sticking...so not a fair comparison to you as things seem to be pretty ok. I was worried the colostomy experience would be similar however I was ready to schedule it as going to the washroom 25 - 30 times a day was horrible. It was at that appointment that my surgeon endorsed trying the daily enema first and because of my success....went on to recommend it to his other patients that were struggling after reversal.
I was one of the people that did not have a positive outcome from the reversal, however, I have found a solution that works very well for me. 30 minutes once a day. I have been doing it for 4 years, and I feel it is easier and I spend LESS time in the washroom then before cancer when I was "normal". Some people change their eating habits, some take things like immodium. My point is that there are things you can try. If nothing gives you what you can live with, at that point you can opt for a perm colostomy...at least that is the thought process that worked for me. I thought long and hard,,,and came to the conclusion I had to try the reversal so I would not second guess myself for the rest of my life, but I was also willing to have an additional surgery if it didn't work...not everyone is will to do that. For some...one and done is the way to go - have the perm colostomy and don't look back. A very personal decision.
I hope that enough people share their experiences so you can reflect and process and come up with a plan that works for you!!! At the end of the day, it doesn't matter how you go...it only matters that you have a good quality of life!!!!
Best of luck to you and anyone else struggling with this decision...