To everyone who replied:
Thank you so much for the suggestions. I use a hollister 2 piece system, not a convex one. I put paste around the inside of the wafer before applying it. My stoma is on my right side, just under the waist line and sticks out from my skin. I have lost weight since my surgery and wondered if that would make a difference or no and it seems like it would. I had surgery about an hour away from home so it is hard to go see the ostomy nurses very often but they are great. I called them about the diarrhea and they just told me to take immodium. I take 8 a day and wondered how long I could do this for.
Currently I eat an egg and toast a couple of mornings a week for breakfast and eat cereal other days (rice krispies and cheerios). I drink apple juice or orange juice (no pulp). I have yogurt or cheese as snacks as well as crackers and peanut butter. Sometimes I have a peeled apple. For lunch I have tuna fish or turkey, sometimes rolled up with cheeses, sometimes as a sandwich.
For dinner I eat most any kind of protein but mostly chicken or fish. I eat butternut squash, cooked broccoli, sweet potatoes and regular potates, usually baked. I feel like I am not getting enought vitamins and nutrients. I cannot eat a lot of greens as I take coumadin and multi-vitamins contain too much vitamin K. I would be interested in what diets worked for other people.
I am very interested in the Sure Seals and will look them up, especially since we have a pool and I was worried about swimming.
I hope I have been specific enough for everyone who asked questions. Thank you all so much. This sounds like a great place with wonderful, caring people and I feel better already knowing there are others out there going through this.