A month ago I had to take my son to the doctor for a cough that wouldn’t go away. It wasn’t my first time taking a child to a doctor during this pandemic, but it was the first time taking them since my husband returned to working onsite rather than at home. When I booked the appointment, the front desk instructed me to wait outside and then one person could accompany him in. Excuse me… what was I supposed to do with my other two children? I thought my biggest hurdle was going to be rearranging my work and virtual school schedules around the appointment. Turns out I was wrong.
Sending my six year old on his own into the doctor wasn’t an option. I knew there was no way a friend or sitter would keep my other two children due to the obvious: (1) we’re in a pandemic and (2) we have a child with a mysterious cough and nobody wants to be anywhere near that kid’s siblings. In the end, my husband had to take a few hours off of his brand new job to be at home with our other two kids. It didn’t feel good. It got me thinking (mom speak: worrying) about how we would handle doctor’s visits for the foreseeable future. It’s hard enough when one parent has to miss work to take a sick kid to the doctor, it’s a whole different situation when we both have to take off of work to make an appointment happen. Add that to the fear of going to the ER right now (from both a COVID and insurance deductible stance) and I was seriously on edge thinking about what will happen the next time a kid gets sick - and with three of them, I know it’s not a matter of if, but when.
When TytoCare offered to send their handheld Remote Exam Kit to select Macaroni Kid publishers to review, I jumped at the chance. The timing could not have been more perfect. TytoCare connects patients with doctors for a medical exam in realtime from your home. The TytoCare device can capture vital signs like heart rate and temperature, and look into the ear, so a physician can examine, diagnose and write prescriptions as needed. All without leaving the comfort of your home. Have a sick kid in the middle of the night? With TytoCare you can access doctors 24/7.
TytoCare couldn’t be easier to use. Simply download the TytoCare app, pair it with the device and you’re set. Once connected, the device will guide you through each feature of the exam or connect you with a live clinician. You’ll receive your diagnosis, treatment and/or prescription via TytoCare. You can even use TytoCare to follow up with your doctor post diagnosis.
Worried about security? TytoCare uses a HIPAA-secure platform that only the patient and healthcare provider can access, so patients can be certain their information is safe and secure.
Thanks to TytoCare, this mama is headed into cold and flu season without worrying about leaving the house for routine medical care or stressing over missing work for sick visits. Whether I wake up at midnight to a coughing child or my own sinus pressure, a doctor’s appointment will no longer be an inconvenience. This winter, we’re saying good-bye to sitting in a germ filled doctor’s office.
I was provided with a complimentary product and compensation for the purpose of this review. As always, opinions are 100% my own.