Health Care Options When On the Go
Today’s writing is sponsored by Live Health Online: The LiveHeath Online app offers a safe, fast and easy way for parents to talk face-to-face with a doctor to get a diagnosis and treatment for themselves and their families for urgent care-types of conditions that pop up every summer. Parents can use the LiveHealth Online app 24/7, 365 days to talk securely and privately by two-way video chat with a U.S.-based, board certified doctor. If needed, the LiveHealth Online doctor can electronically send prescriptions directly to your local pharmacy. <<BONUS! In my book!>>
Regardless of whether it is a trip around the world, camping locally or visiting soccer fields across California for tournaments, my family is always ready to go. Soccer cleats/shin guards – check. Clean underwear – check. Sweatshirt + bathing suit– check. Ipods/Ipads+chargers – check. My family loves an adventure.
Recently, my family headed to beautiful Davis, CA for a soccer tournament. As many games go, the play got a bit physical. Much to my dismay, my lanky 14 year old often leaves the field bruised and battered. He dishes as many fouls as he receives, so as a true soccer mom I have learned to live with it and frankly, hope for the best. I recognize that I am an optimist, but as my son was being pushed and pulled repeatedly this past week on the field, I began to wonder what I would actually do if he really got hurt. Sometimes games are in the middle of nowhere and sometimes tournaments are in places that are populated with a hospital close by. But who wants to spend hours in the urgent care for some doctor to tell me it is a bruise to not worry about or a sprain that can only be treated with an ankle wrap? I began to think about how lucky we were on our recent round the world trip that we were in good health and that we did not need to look for a doctor in a random place. Language barriers, access to a doctor’s office late night and even finding a pharmacy all could have been insurmountable issues while abroad. Locally in the US, these issues are just as real.
I had the good fortune to meet one of the doctors affiliated with Live Health Online at a blogger event last month. I had just come back from meeting face to face with my kids’ doctor who advised me that both of my kids had “high cholesterol” and that a change in diet and more exercise was needed. Ummm and if that didn’t work, then there was “a pill” for that. Whoa! If you know my kids, you know that they play soccer 3 days a week + other sports/after school activites. Okay I do allow Twinkies in our cabinet, but overall, our diet isn’t horrible. I left dumbfounded and perplexed about what that test result could really mean.
When I met with the Live Health Online doctor, she was patient, listened to me, and was able to provide additional information about some of the things my PCP told me. She told me how she too was a working mom and that being a telehealth doctor helped her be home with her family and continue her practice. Nice! She gave me the additional answers that I was looking for – without the hassle of playing phone tag or bringing my kids back in the pediatrician’s office. I also avoided visiting Dr. Google and scaring myself and the kids with my “online internet diagnosis”. Suh-weet!
When we are on the road and on one of our adventures having immediate access to a trustworthy doctor makes the difference. It provides the peace of mind for a soccer mom during rough games in the middle of nowhere. I know I will be book marking the website on my phone and computer for our next adventure – whether that is away or at home.
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