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Just wanted to note that some folks use a hair dryer to add some heat to their appliance to help it adhere. Low setting of course and move the dryer about, don't leave it on one spot long b/c it could become to warm and that wouldn't be good.
I can't believe it, but here I go with my first post! I'll be a 500 club member in no time, as soon as I learn how to navigate the site. chuckles
A nurse at my cancer clinic used to be an "ostomy nurse" and she gave me the best advice ever... After putting on a new flange and bag, lay a heating pad over your ostomy for 15-20 min. So I went out and bought one the next day. It really improved the adheisiveness--- (new words to go with the new norm), and greatly reduced my leaking incidents. I bought a rather cheap model and it only has two settings: on or off, but more expensive models have Hi, Med, Lo.
Also, 2 months ago I used paste for the first time, (and for the life of me I can't understand why they call it paste). It's more like play-doh, just like in the pictures Clare posted above. I think the gentle heating of the paste increased it's volume too, almost doubling or tripling it in size. The first time I changed my apparatus after using it I was amazed. My little shaped worm looked more like a big fat night crawler. I've only had one leaking incident in the past 2 months!
Thought I'd share some products/ adaptations given that Summer (in the Northern Hemisphere anyway) is just around the bend...
ALP Global Sure Seal Rings - These are hydrocolloid flange overlays that keep water out but allow for air to pass. Great for swimming. http://www.alpglobal.com/Sure-Seal-TM-Rings.html
Slimmer Belt - This is a waist wrap made out of neoprene suitable for aquatic sports. You can get them with an inside envelope meant to hold an ice pack - works well to fit pouch rotated sideways. http://www.walmart.com/c/kp/slimmer-belts
Perspiration Shield - You make this yourself. Out of polyester fleece fabric, cut out an oval, 9 inches by 6 inches, then cut a hole 3 inches on center, diameter of which goes around intersection of flange and pouch. Slip bag through hole so Perspiration Shield hangs down, protecting from heat rash, wicking away perspiration.