For a long time now, I’ve been trying to get Mark to go to the doctor. In our entire relationship, he has only ever been to a doctor one time, and that was to discuss his RSI, which had gotten really bad after years of sitting at a computer. The doctor gave him some advice about taking daily doses of ibuprofen, and that was it. For the last several years, every time he’s gotten sick or had any issues whatsoever, he’d refuse to get any medical attention. Lately I’ve been more worried about him because he’s had some issues with light-headedness and nausea after working out. Since his father died of a heart attack quite young, I have pushed him to get checked out by a professional just to be sure everything was okay. But he’s always been so busy with work, which adds more stress, which just increases my worry!
So when I found out there’s a new app that allows you to connect with REAL doctors, face to face, from the comfort of your own home, I was ALL over it. Doctor On Demand is a healthcare service that provides Video Visits with board certified physicians, psychologists, and lactation consultants via smartphones, tablets, and desktop computers.
The cost is often less than your insurance co-pay, and the convenience is out of this world. It is the perfect way of talking to a doctor without having to take time out of work. You simply download the app, provide a list of your symptoms, and you’re instantly connected to someone who can help.
I was offered a free code to try this amazing new service, and I knew immediately that I wanted Mark to be the one to use it. I set it up for him (it took five minutes) and told him to talk honestly to the doctor. He was connected to a Dr Taylor, who was incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. As Mark did his usual hedging when answering questions, the doctor took it in hand and told him to LISTEN to his questions and answer them properly. It was great.
The doctor made us both laugh when he said, “I’ll bet anything your wife is nearby listening to this conversation.” He made sure that I got to ask questions and participate in the conversation, and he chastised Mark when he realized that he hadn’t been 100% honest.
In the end, our doctor gave Mark some great advice, telling him that he needed to see his physician and ask for certain tests, including a cholesterol test and an A1C to check for diabetes. He had taken a comprehensive family history, and he explained what could be the problem while making sure we knew that without the proper tests, it would be hard to know whether we should be worried or not. He was reassuring and very professional, while at the same time making us laugh and being sure to be as thorough as possible.
I think Mark is finally convinced that he needs to see his doctor and get some real answers. For that alone, I can’t recommend this app enough!
Doctor On Demand is launching a promotion where they are offering your first video visit for FREE. Simply download the app (it’s free!) and enter the code mother15 upon registration, store it in your account, and use it at a later date.
Remember – if you can’t or won’t visit a doctor, this is a great way to discuss your concerns without ever leaving your home. Give it a try now!