When my wafer is 'breaking down', I get horrible "ITCHIES". On my, they are horrible, annoying, uncomfortable, etc, etc. A place you just can't scratch! Sometimes, I can get them to calm down by rinsing the pouch out with cool water --- ahhhh! I prefer to change my appliance first thing in the morning, so if I get the itchies the night before, I really try to hold off changing it until morning.
But I have to agree with Summer, when you are beginning to get a real leak, you can smell it --- starts off just slightly. Once you get thru trying different products and settle on one, you will adjust and know just when you need to change it to avoid a leak. But I know, once bitten, twice shy, right?
You are doing well... hang in there. You have good instincts. It's been less than a month since your surgery right? And you are still adjusting to the various products.
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery