I've learned a lot on this road trip about the necessities of having easy access to a doctor. So far I've had a sore throat, almost contracted poison oak, been bit by countless insects, and been overly tired from travelling such far distances. All in all it's been a great adventure, but not having access to medical treatment can be scary at times. Since we have Kaiser, and they don't exist where we have been, I had to come up with another economical solution. That is why I was very excited to hear about Doctor on Demand!
I loved how easy it was to set up an appointment.
- First, I created an account in about 45 seconds- no joke! See how simple the form is to fill out?
- Next, I scheduled an appointment with a medical doctor. It was necessary to have video access and a microphone so I could talk to the doctor. You can request to speak to a doctor now or you can set up an appointment. I wanted to make sure I had all the facts before I spoke with the doctor so I scheduled an appointment.
- I explained the situation to the doctor who in turn told me how to handle the pressure in my ears.
Kids are usually home much more in summer and it is easier to have a reason to need a doctor. Below are ten perils of summer.
- Sting - Ouch! Bees, wasps, hornets and other stinging bugs are sometimes unavoidable.
Before we left for vacation this summer, my son was in the backyard playing in the hose. His cousin ran in the house and said that Johnathon was stung by a bee. He had two huge stings on his stomach that welted up. They were very painful. Johnathon made it but the hornet flew into a spiderweb and was quickly 'stung' itself. I have to say as a mom, that made me a bit happy. How do you know when to take your child into the doctor or when to just ask for medical advice over the phone? Not sure, try Doctors on Demand!
- Sunburn - Protect your skin from the sun, and avoid the most severe UV rays between 10am-4pm.
- Concussions - A concussion can result from a blow to the body or head, such as a fall from a swing set.
- Poison Oak & Ivy - In the woods everything is green and leafy and… poisonous? Some plants really make you itch.
- Jellyfish - They’re not really fish, and they don’t attack. But their tentacles pack a painful and potent venom.
- Tick bites - Lyme disease and other complications can arise from a nasty little tick bite. Ask a doctor.
- Sunstroke - Kids and seniors are at higher risk for heat exhaustion and sunstroke. Be aware.
- Sports Injuries - After a long winter, we’re in a rush to get outdoors. Sometimes leading to a trip and fall.
- Burns - Accidents can happen when we’re around campfires or BBQ grills. Get treatment right away.
- Kids bumps and bruises - Sometimes it’s a minor scrape, but it may be a more serious bruise. Let’s have a look.
- Get help fast. Stuff happens. But our doctors are always just a few taps away, no matter where you are this summer.