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!