This post was sponsored by Doctor On Demand as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I have always prided myself on being very healthy. For years, I went without going to the doctor. When I was in my 20’s and 30’s, it never even occurred to me to get a yearly physical. Until I was in my late 40’s, the only time I was visiting a doctor was when I was pregnant. Then, about 5 years ago, I started to have this avalanche of ill health. I was in and out of the hospital for almost 2 years for a shoulder injury, torn ligaments in my right foot, gallbladder issues and chronic back pain. I was so sick of going to the doctor! It kind of made me dread even the most routine appointments.
I hate the long drive to my insurance approved doctor, waiting forever to get in an exam room and then even longer for the doctor to show up. If I was lucky, the doctor would spend 5-8 minutes with me before they rushed out to see another patient. there had to be a better way to be seen for what ailed me. Thank goodness for Doctor On Demand! This brilliant concept brings my doctor to me, either online, on my smartphone or my tablet. It is like a virtual house-call! I decided to give Doctor On demand a try when I had this pain in my right heel. Every step I took was like a red hot poker stabbing me in the foot. I had no idea what was going on and the last thing I wanted to do was make that long trek to my regular doctor. With Doctor On Demand, I could describe my issue during a video visit with a board certified physician.
The process is super easy! All you do is go online or download the Doctor On Demand app on your Android or IOS phone or tablet. Registering takes literally about 20 seconds. Once you register, you then choose the area you need to have addressed: medical, mental health, pediatrics or pregnancy and newborn. Next, you will choose if you want to see a doctor right now or make an appointment. No more waiting in a crowded waiting room and then more waiting in an exam room. You can see a board-certified physician, psychiatrist, or doctorate-level psychologist from the comfort of your own home. Even in your pajamas! I chose to see a doctor now.
The cost for Doctor On Demand is just $40 for a 15 minute session (Please use code TEXAS10 for your $10 off first visit’ code.) Your visit me even be fully or partially covered by your health insurance and if clinically appropriate, Doctor On Demand physicians can send prescriptions to the pharmacy nearest you. After asking a few questions about what brought me to Doctor On Demand, if I was taking any medications and checking off some of the symptoms I was experiencing, I was connected with Dr. Dean within just a few minutes.
After we introduced ourselves, Dr. Dean asked what brought me to Doctor On Demand today. I told her about my foot and she asked me several questions. She asked me how long I had been experiencing the pain, had this ever happened before, and on the pain scale, how painful it was, just to name a few. She then asked if I had been doing any new activities recently and I told her I had been going to the gym several times a week. After asking a few more questions, she said what I may be experiencing was something called Plantar Faciitis.
She explained the plantar is a band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot. With my pounding it on the treadmill several times a week may have caused irritation, tenderness and swelling of the Plantar, causing this pain. She told me to take Alleve 3-4 times a day, ice my foot with a frozen water bottle (so smart!) and do a series of stretches, which she sent me a link to via email. In that email was a summary of our visit, along with a ton of information on Plantar Faciitis. I was also given the opportunity to rate Dr. Dean and my experience, which if course I gave 5 stars!
I cannot tell you enough how wonderful Doctor On Demand is! It was so easy and fast and Dr. Dean was so friendly and professional. Now I have a plan to alleviate my pain and I know when I should call my personal doctor if the pain does not dissipate. This sure beat waiting 3 weeks for an appointment to see my own doctor. After my visit with the Doctor On Demand physician, I was asked to rate my visit, which took just a minute or two. I also got an email asking me to review my experience, which also took just a few minutes.
Here is another reason I love Doctor On Demand. Here is a scenario: you feel like crap, with a head and body aches, stuffy nose, slight fever and a cough. You aren’t sure if you have a cold, the flu or maybe your allergies are acting up. Because allergy and common cold symptoms are very similar, they are often confused by patients. People who suffer from allergies tend to self-medicate with over-the- counter antihistamines and this isn’t always the most effective treatment. So what do you do? You have 3 choices; call your doctor and get an appointment several weeks from now, go to urgent care or the ER. In my opinion, none of those options are really an option. With Doctor On Demand, you can have your video visit with a physician, tell them your symptoms and get a diagnosis within 15 minutes. Now that is more like it!
Here is another scenario: you have been feeling down in the dumps lately. This isn’t like you. Usually you get down in the mouth for a few days and bounce back. This time, you have been feeling blue for several days and you are a bit concerned. With Doctor On Demand, you can consult with a psychiatrist or doctorate-level psychologist, from the privacy of your own home. No awkwardness while sitting in a waiting room of a therapist with a bunch of other people. How uncomfortable is that? If you are experiencing mental health issues, with Doctor On Demand, their psychologists can help build confidence and rebuild self-esteem. So if you need to see a doctor and cannot or do not want to see your doctor or wait for hours at the urgent care or ER, just hop over to Doctor On Demand and let them take great care of you! Be sure to stay social and follow Doctor On Demand on Twitter and like Doctor On Demand on Facebook.
What do you think about Doctor On Demand? I would LOVE to hear your thoughts!