This Doctor Appointment Changed My Life

 Affordable doctor house-calls with Heal

I’m about to change your life. Do not miss this post, especially if you live in California. On Friday, I had a doctor’s appointment to renew my depression meds. And the appointment happened in my home, on my sofa, less than 2 hours after being scheduled.

I’m going to say that again. On Friday morning, I realized I was down to 3 pills. I used Heal to make a doctor’s appointment, and then I kept working (blogging, emailing, prepping for a photo shoot, etc.). Within 2 hours, a doctor of internal medicine, and a medical assistant, were at my door. 

It was amazing. I feel like I experienced the future of medicine. And I can’t stop talking about it.

Affordable doctor house-calls with Heal

Heal makes house calls. Their doctors can do anything your primary care physician can do, from wellness checks, to flu shots, to treating ear infections and UTIs. And they’re not expensive — the house calls cost the same copay you already pay at the doctor’s office. Not a penny more. Plus, getting an appointment is much, much faster, and worlds more convenient. Affordable doctor house-calls. It’s revolutionary. Just picture for a minute what that means:

Imagine your toddler is sick with a barking cough that sounds like a seal and it seems to be getting worse. You need a doctor’s appointment. And you also have a 4 month old baby. Normally, you’d have to call the pediatrician’s office to see if they can fit you in. Wait 5 hours for your appointment. Get the kids dressed (and bundled up if it’s cold — and you know your toddler should be in bed!). Buckle them into carseats. Drive to the office. Find parking. Wait in the waiting room for another hour. Worry your baby is getting exposed to all sorts of germs. Finally get called back to see to the exam room. Make your toddler wait in a cold room wearing a paper sheet. Get 5 minutes or less with the actual doctor. Then try to pay and handle paperwork while your baby cries because she missed her nap.

A nightmare. And I have lived through that exact scenario a hundred times. 

Keep reading and watch that nightmare scenario disappear!

A Few Things

Hello, Friends! How are you? Was it a good week for you? It felt like a usual week at our house. Work and errands and after school activities. Nothing too crazy. The big thing that happened this week is that Oscar has been gone on an Outward Bound campout since Tuesday. He gets home today and I can’t wait to see him — he seems so young to be gone that long! I sure missed my boys this week.

In other Oscar news: you may remember that his 12th birthday was last month, and you may further remember that our tradition is to take a trip — just parent and child — when our kids turn twelve. Oscar’s first wish was to swim with whale sharks, but we couldn’t make it happen. Instead, he and Ben Blair are headed to Iceland! 

Tickets are super cheap right now, and it worked out wonderfully with our budget and schedule. It’s just a short trip, but long enough that they can hopefully see the Northern Lights, swim in some hot springs, and do some whale watching. A few years ago, one of Oscar’s biggest passions was the Northern Lights, and his eyes lit up when he found out he might get to see them. Crossing my fingers!

Have you ever been to Iceland? Any tips or advice? We’re all ears!

The Iceland trip was also a topic of conversation in yesterday’s Facebook Live broadcast. Ben Blair joined me and we showed off the treasures we found at the world-famous White Elephant Sale here in Oakland, and I also talked about my hairdresser and her green card.

I hope you get a chance to watch it. Maybe you can let it play in the background as you peruse the links below. : ) As usual if there are topics you’d like me to cover in a future broadcast, definitely let me know. Some helpful links to things I mention in the video: White Elephant Sale. Sseko Designs. WOW Air. And the Design Mom Book.

And now, here are a few things I’ve been wanting to share:

– Why scientists needs to learn how to draw.

– Keep those horizons broad! 34 Books by women of color that we can all read this year.

– Susan J. Fowler had a very strange (strange = awful) year working at Uber. She wrote about it here. Here’s what Uber is doing in response.

– Calligraphy text messages.

– Drone footage of the massive flooding in San Jose.

– Why some snapchat fans are leaving Snapchat.

– A 25K pod that could ease homelessness.

– The unstranslatable emotions you never knew you had.

– Need a pedicure? Ask these prisoners.

I hope you have the BEST weekend. I love the conversations we had here this week. I’ll meet you back here on Monday. I miss you already.


Sheet Pan Dinner: Rosemary Balsamic Chicken

Rosemary Balsamic Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner with Potatoes and Asparagus

Hallelujah! Another sheet pan dinner recipe for Rosemary Balsamic Chicken. It’s looks so good. I think I might be obsessed with these one sheet recipes. I know they still require a small amount of chopping and prep and attention, but there’s something about dealing with one baking sheet that makes these meals seem so simple and doable, even when I’m worn out at the end of the day.

Sheet Pan Dinner: Rosemary Balsamic Chicken with Potatoes and AsparagusEasy Rosemary Balsamic Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner with Potatoes and Asparagus

I’ll hand it over to Lindsey for the recipe, but first, a question: What sheet pan dinner would you like her to perfect and share with us next?

Recipe, photos and tips when you click through.

Reverse Aging

What if you looked into the mirror right now, and your skin showed no signs of aging. The same body. The same height. The same age. But your skin was like baby skin. No visible pores, soft as can be, no wrinkles. That is what is on my mind after reading this interview, with a Harvard professor by the name of George Church, who predicts we’ll be able to reverse aging within 10 years.

The conversation gets technical sometimes, but is mostly quite accessible. Some of the discussion centers around skin cells. Church says, “If we could take one of my skin cells and turn it into an embryo-like cell and turn it back into a skin cell it has reset almost all of the developmental indications of age.”

After reading about it, at first I was picturing a grownup with baby-like skin. But it sounds like it wouldn’t quite be that. In fact Church mentions scarring specifically,”If you rejuvenate at a molecular level, it doesn’t necessarily mean that everything else rejuvenates. So, for example, if my face has a scar on it, it’s not going to necessarily reverse that (although theoretically it’s not out of the question). But we can reverse the tendency of your cells (and therefore of your whole body) to deconstruct when you reach your life expectancy.”

If you could choose, what age would you want to look like? Good discussion ahead.



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