I wasn't really keen on the temp ostomy myself but knew that it was just one step in my recovery. Honestly, the bag was not so terrible because ridding myself of my colon gave me immediate good health which helped with everything in my life. The experience of being totally ill for 2 years and then waking up from surgery feeling like a normal person was a high that lasted for quite sometime and made all the unbearable things bearable.
As for the cough, it went with the colon. Also, my skin abnormalities that no doctor could diagnose disappeared about 4 days post surgery. My internist, who was brilliant, was convinced that both problems were manifestations of my toxic colon. I believe she is correct.
In your situation with work it would be far better to have the surgery electively than wait until you are very sick. Recovery will be faster and easier but I expect you know that.
dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998
1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics
2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic
2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free