Okay--I know what works for one may not be the fix for another. I also know that I'm only 15 days post surgery--but what works as far as ileostomy brands? I have thin, pale, irish girly skin that has been traumatized off and on over the past 12 years with steroids. I came home from the hospital with hollister 2 piece thing. I use that skin barrier stuff that looks like you are touching your skin with a lollipop before applying the wafer. I'm paranoid about leaks, and I think its because of my skin, not the poo. Please, I'm sure you can sympathize with me when I say do you know how many times I've sharted and pooed my pants over the last 12 years? LOL. I can laugh now. I had my first leak today---of course it was after my home visit with the nurse. I didn't freak and call--just told myself that I needed to deal with it and that I'm a reasonably smart person that can read and cut and stick! Anyway, I thought to try the Eakin thing--so I put it around Blossom the stoma before applying the wafer. It feels as if I accomplished a good seal--that was about 3 hours ago. I still have sutures around Blossom--so the base seemed a little goopy. No skin breakdown--just a tiny bit irritated where the poo touched it. By the way--it felt like I was being bitten by a herd of fire ants--wow! I'm still sleeping in the recliner--but want to sleep in my bed something fierce. Perhaps I just need you to hold my hand or something--dunno. I know that I need to relax about it--tellin myself to quit being a "ninny." That's what my mama used to call me when I played in mud puddles? LOL. Any advice is greatly appreciated! Thanks! Dana and scary Blossom.