Do you ever find yourself asking for a break when it comes to your family being sick? Like clockwork, every fall we are hit with a month or two of the girls and then I being sick. From head colds to sinus infections and the occasional pneumonia, which I have been battling the past few weeks, it is never a dull moment around our house. And, I think with all the dr. office visits we are helping to the keep the doctor in business. :-) But, all kidding aside, watching your little one not feel and not being able to fully describe how lousy they are feeling and painful to watch. Our youngest, especially has a tough time with colds as they seems to linger and leave a barking cough that is made worse at night time. And, you know, if children don't get their sleep, it takes longer for them to get better and makes for long days filled with grouchy overtired little ones.
Earlier this week I shared about how Bella went for her annual check up and got her 4-year old shots along with a flu shot. Twenty-four hours later both of her legs, at the injection sites, blew up with a red, hot to touch rash.
She was having a reaction to the immunizations. Along with this skin reaction, she also spiked a fever of 100-101 degrees off and on throughout that weekend. With our local walk in clinic closed and the only option to go to the ER for an expensive consult, I was reminded about Amwell, thanks to a blog opportunity where I was given a FREE call to use and try out this telehealth service. Crazy not to take the FREE dr. consult over a $150 co-pay and additional fees ER visit, I donwloaed the Amwell app to my phone, as well as created an account on my laptop. Within minutes I was able to browse a list of doctors and pediatricians online who could chat with Bella and I and hopefully offer some relief for this reaction, and also answer a few questions about her lingering cough.
"Amwell is also the first telehealth service awarded accreditation by The American Telemedicine Association"
Have you heard about Amwell before? If not, here is some background on this great service, which all parents especially should know about...
I love being able to choose the doctor I want, as well as have different services like medical, diet and nutrition and pediatrics available, 24/7.
So, what types of health concerns or conditions can Amwell's doctor treat or diagnose? Amwell doctors see patients with minor illness and injuries, general health and wellness concerns those needing a prescription refill and even patients needing chronic condition management.
Based upon your medical condition, you can choose to talk with primary care and specialist physicians, as well as licensed behavioral therapists and registered dietitians, to meet your health and wellness needs.
Have a question to ask a doctor? Get the care you need quickly - typical issues include:
• Sinus infection
• Sore throat
• Urinary tract infection
• Sprains and strains
• Respiratory infection
• Weight concerns
• Smoking cessation
"Just choose the type of visit you are looking for and select a provider. Depending on the issue at hand, the doctor can diagnose, suggest follow up, and prescribe, when appropriate. Amwell takes your privacy very seriously. Your visit with the doctor is secure and HIPAA compliant."I found a doctor and sat Bella on my lap at the dining room table -- a far cry from a full waiting room or ER with many people coughing and sick. Bella, was more relaxed, as was I, as I waited for the doctor to come on the line and have a video chat with us to discuss Bella's symptoms.
Not only did Bella feel at ease with the doctor, but I did as well. I didn't find the doctor rushing to get to the next patient. She was very thorough in her exam and looking over the photos I shared with her of how the area was spreading from the day before.
The doctor answered all my questions and put me at ease when she said that it was just a reaction and not something that required immediate medical attention. Instead, she told me to apply hydro cortisone to the irritated area to prevent Bella from scratching at it, as she suffers from eczema. She also told me to give her Benadryl and to monitor her temperature as she may get a fever off and on the next few days and give her Tylenol to reduce the fever, until the allergic reaction clears up -- which ended up happening.
In addition to asking about her immunization reaction, the doctor picked up on Bella coughing and said that it sounded like an asthma cough. She suggested I follow up with her pediatrician the following week so that he could listen to her chest and make sure there was no wheezing or crackling sounds to be heard. And, this past week, I did just that...and, guess what? Bella does in fact have asthma and all these times that she has gotten sick and had a lingering cough, it was asthma and spasms causing her to cough like this. He prescribed an allergy/asthma medicine that we are trying and we are in the process of getting a nebulizer for at home treatment. If it wasn't for our call with the Amwell doctor this past weekend, I would be stressing about a crazy ER bill to come if we had taken her to the ER instead, plus I would still be wondering about her cough, which has also been keeping her up at night. Bella's rash is now gone and thanks to the ashtma diagnosis and new medicine prescribed, her cough is going away and she is back to being her happy self. :-)
As a parent to two little ones I am so happy to have been given the opporutnity to try out Amwell and now have this as an option when the girls present with symptoms and are not feeling well. I now have the option to either take them to their pediatrican or stay home and meet with a board certified Amwell doctor who will provide a thorough exam and review of syptoms, while easing both my daughter and my concerns, in the comfort of our own home.
If you find yourself or a family member not feeling well, and it is the weekend and you don't have urgent care centers in your area, or you simply don't want to pay the crazy co-pays for non-emergency medical concerns, why not give Amwell a try? All first time customers get a FREE call, for a limited time. Keep reading to get your special promo code to use with your first Amwell visit.
From now on, when the girls wake in the night or in the AM not feeling well, I can decide based on their symptoms if we need to see their local pediatrician, or simply pull out my phone or laptop and have an on-demand doctor's visit with a board certified Amwell doctor.
Here are some of the reasons why people continue to use Amwell, instead of going to see a doctor in person...
I, for one, am all for these virtual doctors' visit as they work great especially if you have more than one child at home and don't want to deal with bringing everyone to sick in a crowded doctor's office. And, with cold and flu season in full worse, a doctor's office is the last place I want to be, as we always seem to pick up germs and bring home more colds and bugs after visiting with the doctor.
Like I said, first time Amwell customers will receive a first time visit with a doctor for only $1.00. How you ask? Simply sign up for an account and enter promo code "BEWELL14" to receive your visit call for only $1.
"Consumers expect online visits to be cost-savers; with in-office visits costing, on average, $82 for first-time patients according to the Healthcare Blue Book, Amwell offers a $49 physician visit – a savings of $33. Great option for students in college looking for cost-effective healthcare or those between jobs and without insurance."So, what are you waiting for? Get that stubborn cough or flu-like symptoms checked out by a skilled physician without leaving the comfort of your home. Once you try out Amwell and their on-demand tele-health services, you will see why I and so many other families will be making Amwell top on their list of calls to make when someone in our family is not feeling well and needs to see a doctor.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post with Momtrends LLC in which I was compensated for my time in sharing about my personal Amwell experience. However, all views shared are mine and mine alone.