I am close to three years with my ileostomy. All my docs (internist, GI, nephrologist & surgeon) have no reservations about me having the reversal in May. My ileo was a result of extensive surgery after a bout with necrotising pancreatitis. I developed several fistulas and had to have another resection in January 2007. I have been "fistula" free since.
I did have the dreaded barium enema before my resection, and it was very uncomfortable. But it didn't last that long and in the scheme of things it is a small price to pay in order to feel better. It is my understanding that this is the best test to determine if there are fistulas, a Cat Scan is not as conclusive. I too will need to have another barium enema before my resection and, although I'm not looking forward to the this test, I am concentrated on getting better and healing well and the test is really a very minor part of the process.
I too have been passing mucous and I think my equipment is ready to work.
I totally agree that this site is a super asset for an ostomate to have!