This post is a sponsored conversation on behalf of Amwell. All opinions are my own.
Online doctor visit saves the day!
Last week I was sitting at my desk, working on blog stuff. Charlie (our 5 month old kitten) was parading back and forth across my keyboard. After an hour or so of him marching in front of my screen, stomping on random keys, me picking him up, putting him on the floor or the other side of my desk, him hopping right back up and repeating this fun new game of his, I started to get annoyed.
I scooped him up in my arms and cradled him like a baby. He let out a small meow of disapproval, twitching his tail in annoyance but I was not dissuaded. I continued to cradle him in my arms and chided gently “you listen here Mr. Charlie. Momma has work to do, so you need to stop walking across my keyboard and go snuggle in your desk bed”.
Yes, he has a desk bed. Complete with a desk lamp that shines just on him to keep him warm. He loves desk bed. But he loves being a mischievous kitten even more.
In hindsight, that tiny warning meow should have been a clue to me that this was about to go terribly, terribly wrong.
Charlie doesn’t like being held like a baby.
I should have just walked him out of my office and shut the door. I should have taken a break to play with him and his laser pointer or feather toy to wear him out. But I didn’t. I didn’t heed his warning just like he didn’t heed mine.
Unfortunately, it didn’t work out well for me.
Charlie (in a split second) reached up and slapped me in the eye. And when I say slap, I mean claw. And when I say claw, I mean his teeny tiny murder blades.
You know what else I should have done recently? Trimmed his nails.
Anyway, back to the bloodbath.
So here I am, home alone on a weekday, blood gushing from the newly bored HOLE IN MY EYELID. I try to remain calm and think to myself “what the hell am I going to do now?”. Everyone I know is at work, I work from home, but the idea of driving myself to urgent care with one contact lens and blood dripping from my eyelid just didn’t sound safe.
I could Uber, but I’ve never done it and didn’t want to start now by freaking out some unsuspecting driver. And I could tell this wasn’t really an emergency situation (the eyelid was not cut all the way through THANK GOODNESS and it wasn’t like I was going to bleed to death, so an ambulance was out.
Then I started thinking if I *did* go to urgent care, I was going to be surrounded by dozens of people with the flu. So I could have a hole in my eyelid AND be blasted with flu germs? No thanks.
So I considered my options. I had done online doctor visits before, but I thought the minute I said I was bleeding from my eye they would send me right to the ER because they couldn’t SEE the injury. While it sounds horrible (and admittedly looks pretty gross) it wasn’t a life or death situation, but I needed medical care so as not to get an infection.
I logged in, and within a few minutes I was chatting with the nicest doctor, who immediately told me how to properly clean the wound, stop the bleeding, prescribed me an antibiotic which she sent right to my local pharmacy, and gave me some aftercare tips. She even chatted with me a minute or two about my naughty Charlie. I got to SEE her face to face and more importantly she got to see me and the wound and assured me that it was nothing to worry about!
How you can save money on online doctor visits with Amwell
Let me just say online doctor visits beat the heck out of sitting in a crowded waiting room (there was a bit of a wait, but I was sitting in the comfort of my own, flu-less home). I don’t have kids yet, but I can imagine the LAST place you want to be sitting with a screaming sick child is in the waiting room at a doctor’s office.
Wouldn’t it be awesome if you could see a doctor while your sick baby was sleeping next to you on the couch? It’s like the old days of house calls only better! They even have therapists you can see virtually if you are unable (or don’t want to) leave home
And since I loved my visit with Amwell so much, I wanted to share about it with you guys AND give you a 25% off coupon code to use on your first visit with Amwell to try them out!
Simply create an account at Amwell, and use coupon code MOM18 to get the discount. This is good on any visit with Amwell for yourself or your child. You can have your visit via computer OR through their mobile app available on Apple or Android:
Save this post, book mark this page, write down that code because while I’m not a psychic, I bet someone in your house gets sick or injured this winter! And unless you enjoy bundling the kids to drag them to a doctor’s office, this is a much more safe, healthy and cost-effective way of dealing with those pesky ailments any time of year. And don’t forget to use coupon code MOM18 to get 25% off your Amwell visit!
Oh, and Amwell works with insurance too, but if you don’t have insurance, it’s a VERY affordable way (especially with that sweet coupon code up there ^) to get the care you need!
AND if you need help saving money on your prescriptions (whether from an online doctor visit or your regular doctors) check out this post about comparing prescription prices.
Compensation was provided by Amwell via Momtrends. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Amwell or Momtrends.