Thursday, December 11, 2014

my health woes (+ a Target giveaway)

Today I went and met my kiddos for the first time. The first thing I noticed was how LITTLE they were. After working with ninth graders who some could honestly pull off being in college, I was so shocked at how tiny these little guys were! The next thing I noticed was how they were really....gross. Haha! I mean they were coughing, sniffing, wiping their nose with their hands, it was like my classroom was a walking germ. It was pretty gross. I pumped like six pumps of hand sanitzer on my way out. 

Something to know about me, I am a huge baby when it comes to sickness. The minute I feel myself getting sick, I run to instacare. It all stems from the fact that I had Scarlet Fever when I was younger because I had strep for so long and I didn't take care of it, so I always make sure that I take care of any sickness right away. Once my friend asked how many times I go to instacare per year and I would have to say between 8 and 15 times a year. Now that my co-pay is higher I haven't gone as much, but I still am there quite often. I can just imagine how I will be as a Mother, yikes.
So since I am at the Instacare what seems to be half of my life, I was really excited when I heard about Intermountain Health Care's new app called the Health Hub App! It's really cool! It tells you a lot of cool things. 

One of my favorite things is the GermWatch which tells you how prevalent different germs are in Utah. So I can follow if a certain strain of stomach flu is happening around my school. I can read about the symptoms and most importantly for me and my bank account, I can learn when it is time for me to go to the instacare. Haha! Another cool feature is that you can look at all the urgent care centers and see what the wait time is. I know that the instacare by our house is always hit or miss. Sometimes I wait ten minutes, sometimes I wait three hours. Now I can know before I go. Not only that but I can HOLD MY PLACE IN LINE! Isn't that cool!? Another thing I love is that you can use it to look at your lab results. Another story, in Maryland Mark got extremely sick. For weeks, we had no idea what it was and what to do. Since he was doing summer sales every day he felt terrible we were losing money and it was very stressful. We thought since he worked around bugs that it was Lyme's Disease. So we went to the urgent care center in Maryland and it was a MESS. It felt like a third world country. We were there for six hours. SIX HOURS. He had a blood test done and they told us they would call us in a week. We never got a call, ever! We tried calling so many times and never got an answer. It turned out mold had been growing in his camelback! We had no idea for so long. He thought he was dehydrated so he would drink more water and get more sick. So strange! Anyway, we would have been able to stop worrying a lot sooner if we had this app and were able to get his blood tests saying "Hey, you aren't dying from Lyme's Disease so, congrats!" 
There are tons more things this app can do. I was looking it over and I was like "MARK THIS IS SO COOL" and he thought I was lame but it's ok! 
Anyway, in honor of this new launch Intermountain Health Care is doing a ton of giveaways. I will be sharing three of them on my Facebook page when they go live, but they are also doing big giveaway using Rafflecopter. You can enter below! 

I am going to get my flu shot this week and I am putting my tissues clearrrrrr across my room so I don't get germy hands on my desk, but ya know, pray for me.

1 comment:

  1. oh my gosh! this app is amazing, i would get pretty obsessive about it i think.. constantly checking it. it just seems so interesting! & i love how the kids seemed so small & gross haha i always think of schools as being gross, so makes sense to me!