*This is a sponsored post with Mums the Word Network and Amwell. All opinions are my own.*
As a work from home/stay at home mom, it's very difficult for me to schedule doctor's appointments for myself. I could bring the boys, but let's be honest, it's so much harder to focus on what the doctor is saying with two little ones bouncing off of the walls.
Does this look familiar??
Does this look familiar??
That's where Amwell comes in! American Well is a service that allows you to see a doctor from the comfort of your own home or on the go. You can access it with your computer or through their convenient mobile app. It's both simple and affordable.
There are many reasons using a web-based service like this is beneficial. Perhaps you're out of town and don't want to visit an Urgent Care or Emergency Room. Maybe you just want a second opinion. For me, it was about convenience. As I mentioned before, finding someone to watch the kids can be difficult at times. I just barely managed to squeeze in a doctor's appointment last Friday and know that I won't have the opportunity to go tomorrow. I'm still not feeling well and my symptoms have progressed and worsened in the last few days. Now I can also add high fever and chills to the list. It was necessary for me to follow-up with my illness and this is the easiest way for me to accomplish that, so that I can start feeling better, sooner.
It was very easy to sign up, too. I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical at first about using an online medical service, but it was more extensive than I thought. When you sign up, you're asked about your medical history, what your current symptoms are, your vitals (temperature, weight) and whether you're allergic to any medications. From there, you are provided an array of online physicians to peruse through. Their profiles provide credentials, such as where and how long they've been in practice, as well as their specialty areas.
Once you've picked your physician, you simply click "Start Visit" and you are connected as soon as they are available to see you. I only waited about 2 minutes before my visit began.
My physician was wonderful. She asked me several questions about my doctor's visit last week, including what medications were prescribed, how long I'd taken them, etc. She also explained why I'm having recurrent symptoms, prescribed a new antibiotic and sent the prescription straight to my preferred pharmacy.
I believe in the importance of in-person visits with a trusted physician. I do not think one should use this service as a primary means of receiving medical attention, long-term. I would however, use it again as needed, to supplement my current care. And as you can see, Amwell also provides diet and nutrition and psychology support as well.
A typical visit is $49, but all Defining My Happy readers can use the code: LOVEAMWELL40 to get $40 off of their visit.
Cheers to healthier days ahead!!