Apr 242014

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of American Well. 

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Kayleigh is 11 months old now, and very soon we’ll be ditching her formula and jarred baby foods for milk and real foods.  I’ve been a little confused about this whole weaning process, and Kayleigh’s 1 year check up isn’t until late next month.  

I’d really like to speak with a doctor about how to best transition Kayleigh during this period of time.  She’s just a scrawny little peanut, weighing in the 5th percentile at most of her previous appointments, so I want to make sure she is getting all of the nutrients she needs.  I’ve been trying to slowly  introduce her to new foods over the last few months, but I don’t really know if I’m doing it right or not.  I’d really like some reassurance.

Kayleigh eating

It’s really difficult for me to get out to doctor appointments, because John has to take our only vehicle to work every day.  Not only that, but I don’t really want to sit in a waiting room full of sick kids, and expose Kayleigh, and myself, to nasty germs unnecessarily.    

I have so many questions running through my mind, and they’ve actually been keeping me awake at night.  I am such a worrier, and the “not knowing what to do” and “am I doing this right?” always make me so anxious.  Do I just start giving her milk one day, with no formula at all?  Do I start by giving her a little bit of milk, and slowly decrease the amount of formula I give her over a period of days?  How much milk should she drink throughout the day? John is lactose intolerant.  Is it ok for Kayleigh to drink almond milk instead of dairy milk?  Should I give her water too?  If so, how much?  Does she need to drink juice?  How much real food does she need, and what foods are recommended for her to eat?  She still doesn’t have any teeth. Will that make it harder for her to eat?  All of these questions and more, just race through my mind all night.  

The doctor will see you now… ONLINE!!

I’ve been really stressed out with all of these questions hanging over my head, so I was quite relieved to hear about American Well, which is a great website that connects doctors and patients with live, on-demand video visits.  This seemed like a great solution!  Now I could chat with a doctor about my questions and concerns with weaning Kayleigh from formula and jarred baby food, and not even have to leave the house to do it!

I logged into American Well using the app on my iPhone, searched for doctors by my state, and it brought up several for me to choose from.  I really like that you’re not just thrown in with any available doctor, but you can choose which doctor you want to talk to.  

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They have photos of each doctor, and background history as well.  That really puts my mind at ease, knowing that I will feel comfortable with who I choose to talk to. I’m an introvert, and meeting new people is scary and overwhelming for me, so being able to choose which doctor I speak with really helps to calm my nerves.

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After looking through the list of available doctors, I chose the doctor I felt most comfortable with, and within just a few minutes, we were chatting face to face.  I was really nervous about chatting with a doctor online at first.  I don’t do well with video conferencing, as it usually feels very awkward to me, but I felt very comfortable and at ease.  The doctor was very friendly and answered all of my questions.  Now, I have a much better understanding of what I should do to help Kayleigh through the transition of switching from formula to milk, and from jarred baby foods to real foods.  

I just had some general questions that I wanted a doctor to answer for me this time, but the next time we are in need of a doctor in the middle of the night, or during a snowstorm, or when I just don’t feel like leaving the house, I will definitely turn to American Well.  They have doctors and nutritionists available 24/7, 365 days a year, and they are very affordable, too!  They can even send prescriptions right to your pharmacy for you!

American WellI will admit, the thought of chatting with a doctor online was a bit strange at first, but you can be assured that your personal information is safe and secure, as American Well is HIPAA- compliant.  You also don’t need to feel like you are cheating on your regular doctor, because all of the physician notes from your American Well visit can be shared with your primary care physician, pediatrician or specialist.  Many insurers are actually starting to cover the cost of telehealth visits for the same or lesser co-pay than traditional in-person visits, too!


For a limited time, you can try American Well for FREE!  Simply use the coupon code SPRING, which is redeemable for a free American Well visit, and good for a whole year if you enroll by the end of April!

Has there ever been a time when you needed a doctor, but couldn’t get in to see one? Would you ever try chatting with a doctor online?

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of American Well. 

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  70 Responses to “Can’t Get In To See Your Doctor? Chat Online With One 24/7 With American Well!”

  1. Having two kids, I can think of sooo many times already that this would have come in handy! Thank you for sharing and passing on the coupon code!!

  2. This is pretty awesome. I always knew there were options to chat with doctors online but to add in video so they can truly see the issue. That’s even better.

  3. I’ve never tried an online doctor but I think that it might be the way things are heading-especially in more rural areas where it’s hard to keep doctors. I think some issues can easily be handled this way but others definitely require a face to face meeting.

  4. This is so convenient! Especially if you can’t get in to the doctors right away!

  5. I have heard about this before, but didn’t really know that much about it. This is pretty neat

  6. Your daughter is beautiful! This is an interesting concept. I don’t have kids yet, but I’m sure this resource will come in handy when I do. :)

  7. Very cool! It’s good to know this type of service is out there.

  8. So many questions when you need a doctor right now is tough. But, writing down all your questions is the best thing. Then you know your covered when you finally get to the doctor. One thing my doctor had me do, I think was a big mistake, was telling me to give my son chocolate mild bc he wouldn’t drink white milk. To this day, and he’s 16, he won’t drink white milk. It’s really not good for his teeth, all that chocolate. I don’t think dairy is that good away. Start her out with almond milk and let her get used to that. It’s great protein too. I like the online doc too. Wish I had that when he was little. Good Luck!

  9. I think that this is a great service and something that is very much needed. I hate to admit that I am totally one of those moms who google everything and end half the time end up worrying because of the false information I have read. To actually have a real person behind the scenes at the exact same time I need something answered would be so much more reassuring.

  10. Finally! this is so much better then doing web searched on your childs symptoms!

    Thanks for sharing!

    xoxo, Tara

  11. This is great because we always seem to get sick on the weekends and we hate going to the ER.

  12. That is a really innovative service.. If i have a need i will give it a try!

  13. This is great! Especially when it is something like ear infection and you don’t want to stress your child with a doctor visit in clinic!

  14. That is pretty exciting – especially in a really bad weather

  15. What a great program. I love that you can do it from your home. I think this is the new way of medicine!

  16. What a great program!! The last thing I want to do is drag a sick baby to the doctors. This is a great way to do it while at home!

  17. Thank you so much for sharing I will totally use this!

  18. This looks so convenient! I immediately think of the terrible winter snow storms we just had and how this would come in so handy during bad weather.

  19. I Will Have To check This Out Next Time I Need Sounds Like A Awesome Service Thank You!

  20. What a great option! I’ve always thought there should be different places for sick children and check-up. Just so we wouldn’t pass all those germs to someone who is actually healthy. And this way you don’t even need to leave home.

  21. I can think of many occasions when simply chatting with a doctor would have been enough. Good to know about this!

  22. I’ve always wanted to try something like this, but worry about not getting my money’s worth- or how certified the ‘doctors’ are. I think it’s great American Well offers a free test use, and a yearly subscription.

  23. There have been times in the middle of the night where this would have been incredibly helpful. You can’t sleep anyhow when you’re worried, so this is great!

  24. That is so cool! How wonderful that its actual doctors and that you get to see them. That is awesome.

  25. Sometimes there is just times when you need a doctor’s advice right away. This is perfect for that!

  26. Wow what an awesome service! I would have loved to have online access to a DR when my kiddos were small. As a new mom you always have lots of questions!

  27. The power of the web is amazing. What a great tool to have, especially when the doctors office is closed!

  28. I totally love this. I hate going to the doctor

  29. This is a really interesting idea! I wish it was around when my kids were babies. I do have a kid with asthma. I hate dragging her to the doctor when she’s not feeling well. Thanks for sharing.

  30. I love that they offer this service. My kids always seem to get sick when we’re out of town or all their doctors are closed.

  31. I LOVE this!! I’m a bit of a nerd when it comes to health related stuff. I read everything I can get my hands on and self diagnose myself all the time! This will certainly come in handy at some point I’m sure!

  32. oh i love this, I could certainly use this!

  33. That is a really cool service. Sometimes i have a question but the doctor is no available those hours.

  34. I would totally do this! It’s hard to get 3 kids corralled and in the doctors office and wait in a small room without going insane!

  35. How neat is this! And I LOVED the picture of your little cutie!!!!!!

  36. How interesting! I have chronic health issues, so this would be great when I couldn’t get in!

  37. what an awesome concept, I love that you can get expert advice right from home!

  38. I Love that this is an option available. There is nothing worse than wanting to ask a question and not being able to, especially medical related.

  39. This is a fantastic option when you need help now and don’t need to or can’t get to the dr.

  40. Cant’ believe how awesome this service is! What a life saver! Need to bookmark it!

    Your little angel is ADORABLE!

  41. This really is such a great idea. You never know when you will need a doctor and it is nice to know that they are available online.

  42. It would be so great just to chat with a doctor without the huge wait at an office. Love this!

  43. This is amazing. How cool is this? Sometimes you are sick but, too sick to get out of bed to see a doctor. You can chat in your bed with a doctor. LOVE THIS.

  44. I think this is a great option if you only have a quick question or something. I may check this out at some point.

  45. Really like this. Very happy to find it here. Bookmarked! Thanks for sharing it!

  46. I need this! I hate going to the doc but I’m all over things like this that make it easier to get results and take less time than a sit-down appointment in a doctor’s office. What an innovative idea. – Katy

  47. What a great option especially if it’s something like an ear infection or a a prescription refill.
    We have a phone in service here but they always r recommend a visit to the doctor anyways.
    I would love it if we got something like this where I live!

  48. I heard about this recently and I can’t wait to try it! It’s such a great concept!

  49. Maybe I am just too old–but I don’t think I could just chat with a doctor on-line video or not. I do not have children and I can only imagine that this type of service would help to alleviate some of your worries. As for me-since it is only me-I’ll just tough it out until I can get to either my doctor or an ER if it is that critical!

  50. I LOVE THIS!!!!!!!!! How cool is that; I can never ever get to see my dr. unless I make a 4 week appointment ahead of time. This would come in so handy; love it. Will have to check it out. Thanks for sharing, I had never heard of it

  51. This sounds like a great service! Your daughter is precious. I loved introducing my girls to new foods – so fun!

  52. I think this is a great service. Being able to discuss issues quickly without the hassle of actually going in to the doctor and having to sit in a waiting room forever is awesome!

  53. This is so great. There certainly have been times when I wish I could consult a doctor before having to schedule an appointment.

  54. Oh she is just a doll!!! I love the idea of this service and as a mom to 5 kids it brings me comfort, thanks for sharing.

  55. I think is the best idea. I love being able to find things out so easily

  56. This Is Just A Great Service & So Convenient Love It Thank You!

  57. Your daughter is sooo cute!!!!! What a great website, love the concept of American Well. I have kids and like you these types of questions go through my mind. Thank you for sharing, will check it out.

  58. That’s pretty neat! Always nice to have a doctor on hand 24/7 for concerns! Thanks for sharing this.

  59. This is really cool. There have been WAY too many times I have needed a Doctor but couldn’t get in to see one. This would be very helpful. Thank you

  60. Love this. Sounds like a great and convenient service. Nothing worse than having to travel when you’re feeling crummy and aren’t sure it’s worth the Dr. trip.

  61. This is so great! Nobody in my house ever gets sick at normal times!

  62. I just recently used this service and I was very impressed!

  63. I have never tried an online doctor, but I’m sure it’s where Medical Care is now headed, LOL!

  64. Your daughter is such a sweetie! And what a fabulous service to meet a mom’s needs. Makes me wonder how no one thought of it sooner!

  65. great app witha baby on the way a 24/7 doctor sounds pretty darn good

  66. This is such a cool program! Technology has come so far!!

  67. Thanks for letting us know about the free code! Excited to try it out now!

  68. This is really a great program and so handy.

  69. It is great to be able to have medical consultations via the internet. Technology has wonderful advantages forus.

  70. It ‘s really great to know.Thank you for sharing.

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