Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Doctor On Demand App Review & Giveaway! Ends 7/22

This is a sponsored conversation on behalf of Doctor On Demand.  All opinions are my own.

Doctor On Demand is a great app co-founded by Dr Phil's son Jay McGraw. Jay is a best selling author and also a producer for the hit TV show The Doctors. I watch Dr Phil regularly and so I've heard about this app from its first launch through the show. As an adult that can't afford health insurance, the idea of this app was very appealing to me. Normal clinic costs can be upwards of $200 and even minute clinics are about $100, so I feel this app was a genius idea! 

Below I will share my personal experience about using the Doctor On Demand app with my real issue that I've battled for a while now. While the issue is a tad embarrassing for myself, I wanted to use a real problem and get a true feel for this service, so I hope you all follow me along in this journey of Doctor On Demand!!

Here's my back story as I told to the physician for my area: I went to get a pedicure in February 2013 and when the girl took off my toe nail polish it was discovered I had some black marks on my toe nails. I assumed it was from our German Shepherd puppy constantly stepping on my toes and we went about our way. From February to November 2013 I'd noticed what I assumed were bruises here and there when I'd change my polish, but it was always a different toe. With a dog knowing no boundaries and children always stepping on my feet, I again didn't think anything about it. From November 2013 to January 2014 I had the same polish on my toe nails. In that time I'd had a baby and didn't have the time to paint my toe nails, so I just let the polish chip away. When I went for a pedicure at the end of January 2014 I was shocked to see 8/10 full black toe nails once the polish was removed. 2/3 of the toe nails looked awful and I was so embarrassed that I didn't know about it before hand. The nail tech told me it was good that it wasn't all the way down by my cuticles, and to follow up with a Dr to see what the issue could be. Shortly after that I had an ER trip for severe suspected Strep throat, and the antibiotics I was on magically got rid of the black from my toes. Even though the black was gone, I was left with white toenails. I looked up possibilities online as to what could happening and I found several tips to help with the white spots. I never knew toenails need to breathe, and when you wear polish 24/7/365 they can become damaged. I stopped wearing polish for about two months and used athletes foot cream to help moisturize my nails. I noticed a difference immediately and was so happy with the progress until I took my polish off this past weekend and saw what is in the photo above. I have several new white spots on my toes! I wanted an answer to this problem once and for all so Doctor On Demand was perfect timing and a great way to get some answers without breaking my wallet for a normal office visit. 

There is a process you have to go through before you can connect to a Doctor, but its pretty simple steps. Besides putting in your name and payment information, you answer simple questions just like you would at a Doctor's office. Since each phone call is 15 minutes long, its nice for them to have a short summary of why you're calling to speed up the process that much more. Once you've filled out all the information it tells you how many Doctors are available in your area and connects you to one. I like that it tells you the process and just like the middle pictures shows, you know when you're connecting and that they're looking over your reason for calling before fully being connected to them via video/voice chat. 

I looked on their website before I made the call and I'm so glad I did. You have the option of attaching a photo to better help them along, and since I knew about this, I made sure to take the picture in a well lit area. At first I thought, why not just show them the issue, but then once I thought about it, I like the photo option better. It's a still image they can look at for as long as they need to, and its not constantly moving like it would if you try to hold your camera still on the body part needing looked at. 

Once your phone call ends, you get a summary of service and a rating system for your Doctor. While it doesn't show on my screen shot, I gave my Doctor 5 stars. He answered right away, introduced himself with a smile on his face, asked how my day was going, and started the conversation. He listened while I spoke and told him the timeline as I lined out in the beginning of this post, and then helped me trouble shoot possibilities to get my toes back to normal. He assured me that I don't have a fungus like I'd worried about, and I was able to find out that steps I'd taken to try to get rid of it was all in the right direction. One thing that I didn't think about was the fact that it can be a sign of poor nutrition. I've got to admit, as a mother of four, I don't eat the best and I can see how this could affect other parts of my body. His advice was great and gave me such relief in knowing that I'm ok. He was very personable and listened to my concerns of antibiotics vs topical creams, and was ok that I asked questions. 

Final diagnosis.... Neosporin cream 2x/day for 10 days, no nail polish for 2 weeks, and one multi-vitamin daily. I'm very happy with this outcome, and it was personally exactly what I was hoping to hear! 

Important information about Doctor On Demand.

All doctors are US licensed and board certified
Cost - $40 (same as most co-pays)
Video Chat with a real doctor right now vs. days or weeks for an appointment
Doctor On Demand doctors are highly educated
All doctors are background checked before joining Doctor On Demand

Use Doctor On Demand for non life threatening issues like cold, cough, flu, allergies, rash, pink eye, bladder infections, and some pediatric questions. I was surprised to learn you can also use this service for prescription refills and referrals to a specialist if needed. 

Do not use Doctor On Demand for any medical problem that is life-threatening such as chest pain/pressure, poisoning, seizures, serious head, neck or back injury, and broken bones. 

You can connect with Doctor On Demand via their websiteFacebookTwitteriTunes, and GooglePlay

How would you like to use this service?! Use code MBC14 to receive $10 off your next call!! 

We would like to celebrate the fact that you can now talk to a board certified doctor (on demand!) from the comfort of your own home, thanks to the Doctor On Demand app.... with a great giveaway.

The $200 Target Gift Card Giveaway will end on July 22nd. It is open to US residents, 18+ only. Please use the Giveaway Tools Form below to enter! Good Luck!

Disclosures: The participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment. Giveaway is open to US residents, age 18+ only. The giveaway will close at 11:59PM EST on 7/22/14. One winner will be selected randomly from all eligible entries. If you have any questions about this giveaway or would like to inquire about group events like this, please contact the Blogging Mamas Network at bloggingmamas.blog@gmail.com.


Caitlin Richmond said...

I think it's a great idea to have easier access to a doctor as a stay at home mom! Most minor medical issues I'm faced with go much longer than they should because of trying to coordinate a sitter or bringing a toddler with me! Great concept I'd love to try sometime!