My ostomy is still considered temporary because I still have my rectum. They keep electing not to remove it because my surgeries are too complicated since I've had so many.
Anyway, to answer your question, yes, my ostomy was supposed to be temporary, 17 years ago. I've had 5 resections since then, and they recently moved it to the right side, and removed my entire colon, so it's now officially an ileostomy. My surgeon asked me if I ever thought about having it reconnected and I had a panic attack, lol. Please don't let me wake up with it reconnected. I have a life now. I can work, play, walk, run, ride, do anything I want to do.
I had a real hard time dealing with it at first, and when I asked my surgeon when I was going to be reconnected, he said it would be senseless as I'd have to keep having it done and reversed. I felt cheated because he told me it was temporary. As time went on, I realized how nice it was not being chained to a bathroom, or embarassed at work, or in the mall. This is much easier to deal with. Accidents still happen, but once you get the hang of it, they're pretty rare.
The decision is yours, you can always opt to not have it reversed. My surgeon is a little worried about still having a rectum, I guess the risk of cancer is higher, but I have it checked and biopsied any time they have to put me under for another test, and no changes after 17 years.
25+years diagnosed with CD.
Numerous surgeries, permanent ostomy, adverse reactions to Remicade, finally off of Prednisone, hoping for a long remission from this last surgery.