Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Survive the Summer with Doctor On Demand

*This is a sponsored post with Mums the Word Network and Doctor on Demand. All opinions are my own.*

Summer is here. School is out, the weather is warm and they days are long -very long. If you have kids, it's a safe bet that they are looking for an activity every second of the day. Activities are sure to include things like going to the park, beach and/or pool, camping, fishing, riding bikes/skates and much more.

During all that fun and adventure there are bound to be bumps, bruises and possibly even more severe injuries. That is actually one of my greatest fear, something happening to one of my children. Even the thought if a semi-minor injury, terrifies me. Aside from the fact that I never want any harm to come to my children, I am also worried that I will not know what to do if something were to happen.

Obviously, for a serous injury I would call an ambulance or rush to the ER, but my children both hate doctors, and I hate spending hours waiting in some lobby just for a doctor to tell me how to handle the injury myself. That seems like a huge waste of time. I have always thought there should be a way to get doctor's advice over the phone or something.

That is why I am so happy to have discovered Doctor on Demand. Doctor on Demand is exactly what the name describes -access to a doctor at any time from anywhere. Doctor on Demand can be used from any computer(with Chrome browser) or from a smartphone with their IOS or Andriod apps.

With so many perils lurking this summer, many that don't require a physical doctor to treat them, it is so nice to have the peace of mind that I can have a doctor look at the injury and offer advice for treatment immediately. Now, while we are away from home, I won't have to worry about finding a new doctor and waiting for hours just for them to tell me what to do.

Doctor on Demand even has a list of the top 10 perils of summer:

10 Perils of Summer      
  1.  Bee Sting - Ouch! Bees, wasps, hornets and other stinging bugs are sometimes unavoidable.   
  2. Sunburn  - Protect your skin from the sun, and avoid the most severe UV rays between 10am-4pm.             
  3. Concussions - A concussion can result from a blow to the body or head, such as a fall from a swing set.      
  4. Poison Oak & Ivy - In the woods everything is green and leafy and… poisonous? Some plants really make you itch.        
  5. Jellyfish - They’re not really fish, and they don’t attack. But their tentacles pack a painful and potent venom.      
  6. Tick bites - Lyme disease and other complications can arise from a nasty little tick bite. Ask a doctor.      
  7. Sunstroke - Kids and seniors are at higher risk for heat exhaustion and sunstroke. Be aware.      
  8. Sports Injuries - After a long winter, we’re in a rush to get outdoors. Sometimes leading to a trip and fall.          
  9. Burns - Accidents can happen when we’re around campfires or BBQ grills. Get treatment right away.      
  10. 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.

Having help for these kinds of urgent issues is such a weight off my shoulders. My daughter burned two of her fingers a few months back, and I was a wreck. I  was scrambling trying to figure out the best thing to do. I knew she did not need an ER, but considered taking her there anyway since she does not have  a regular doctor and all the pediatricians were closed at that time of night anyway. I did the best I could and everything turned out fine, but I really wish I had known about Doctor on Demand at that time, it would have saved me a lot of worry and probably made things smoother for my daughter as well.

What is really great about Doctor on Demand is that in addition to the medical doctors you can visit with, you can also visit a psychologist. This is a huge benefit. I was diagnosed with Depression(Major Depressive Disorder) when I was a teenager.  I still struggle every now and then, as I am sure everyone does at times. Sometimes I feel like my whole world is crumbling, and the worst part is, I have no idea why.

I have thought about visiting a psychologist many times before. While there is obviously no shame in that, I do sometimes feel like I don't want my husband to know. I don't want to ask "why" or "what's wrong", because I don't have an answer. I could go while he is at work, except I don't drive and we live in a small ton(surrounded by more small towns) and I don't even know where a psychologist is near me.

Discovering Doctor on Demand was such a blessing for me. I actually did take the step. I set up an appointment with a psychologist. I was able to talk about the way that I feel sometimes and explore why I might feel that way and what I should do about it. Just being able to talk about it to someone I don't know, without any fear of judgment or pity or disappointment was incredible.

It was so freeing and I think that anyone who ha considered it in the past and decided against it for whatever reason should definitely give it a try. Doctor on Demand is the perfect way to get the hekp you may need without having to worry about someone seeing you or knowing that you went or anything. Just you and reputable psychologist on your schedule from your own home.

Now location, time, transportation or anything else will not have to interfere with you and your family getting the medical and mental care that they need. Price will not be a factor either. While Doctor on Demand is always affordable, Andrea's World readers will get their first Doctor on Demand visit for FREE. Simply use the code ANDREASWORLD to make your first visit free. The coupon is valid through July 15th(2015).

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