I participated in the Amwell blog program as a member of One2One Network. I received compensation but all opinions are my own.
As a patient or as a parent/caregiver, it can be really frustrating when you can’t get in touch with a doctor when you need one. That’s why I am so excited to introduce you to the Amwell app from Amwell, the nation’s largest telehealth company. Through the free Amwell app, patients and caregivers can talk to board-certified, licensed doctors face to face (through video via desktop or a mobile device) and get the help they need!
I tried the Amwell app (for iPhone or iPad) today, and it was such a big help and so easy to use! I had bunion surgery on Tuesday and have been having a really stressful week. So I used the Amwell app to speak to a nutritionist, since I am looking for ways to eat well and keep my weight down while my foot heals from the surgery. (I have to keep off my foot for 4-6 weeks!)
Easy to Use Amwell App
After a quick download of the Amwell app onto my iPhone, I opened the app, where I was asked a few questions about myself. I entered information like my health concerns, what type of advice I am seeking (I checked off weight concerns as one of my issues) and medications I am taking. I noted that I am on medication for underactive thyroid disease and that I have experienced weight gain because of my condition.
I was asked to check off what kind of advice I was seeking: medical, nutrition or psychology. I chose nutrition.
I then saw a list of nutritionists who were able to speak with me, and I chose nutritionist Margaret Apura.
Within a few minutes I was hooked up to a 30-minute video chat with my selected nutritionist. (Amwell regular doctor visits are 10-15 minutes, a session with a dietician is 30 minutes and a meeting with a therapist is 45 minutes.)
My nutritionist suggested that I eat more frequent, smaller meals during the day, and to make those meals healthier ones. She suggested buying pre-chopped veggies so I can eat more veggies during my recuperation (without much effort). She also suggested pairing the veggies with 1/4 cup of hummus or a favorite dip. She said to make veggie and fruit smoothies and create a balanced plate at meals: 1/2 plate veggies, 1/4 plate protein and 1/4 plate starch.