I kept my baggie for a full year before having the takedown because it worked best for my work schedule. My summers were opportune for surgery/recovery because I was teaching. Looking back.....more than 10 years ago......I'm really glad I waited. My J-pouch was well healed and I had no issues transitioning to a connected system. I had no problem accepting the ileostomy because I finally felt so healthy compared to the years I lived with ulcerative colitis. In fact, if I needed to have a permanent ileostomy, I'd have no problem with that, either. Best wishes!