I have had some changes since the surgery - my stoma has shrunk a bit, but it still sticks out about 1/2 inch. I have noticed that the lower edge retracts a bit when it is outputting - so this may be where the problems come in, if it pulls back to far, waste may get under the wafer. Since I started using the Convatec moldable wafer with the eakin seals it's been a bit better, but I think I need the smaller size than what they sent me. My stome is longer than it is wide, so this may be another issue. It's a pretty big learning curve! I have gained a few pounds too, (lost 30 lbs while in the hospital, still not back to my original weight) but I haven't noticed a difference in the way my clothes fit - but it sounds like it could be affecting my products.
NASCARon - I do have a belt - I don't like wearing it, even though I don't notice it for the most part - but it does seem to help, so I will keep it on! I have never heard of the sure seal - what is it? I'll try anything that might help! I try very hard to get all the old adhesive off - I am going to try the Smith & Nephew No-Sting Skin-Prep you mentioned.
It still takes me about 1/2 hour to do the change, because I am so worried it won't last long. I guess it just takes practice! $$$ is also a big concern for me right now, as I just got back to work, so I don't want to be running through supplies too fast.
Some of you have mentioned going to see an ostomy nurse - I think I am going to do that, just to make sure I am still doing everything right! And using the right type of wafer.
Thanks so much for all your input!