David worried. As a single father he felt stretched thin. He had two vibrant young daughters who needed him. They needed him to be present at their parties and to help with homework. They also needed him to provide a roof over their head and a meal on the table. David’s time was spent constantly running from one task list to the next. He was trying to hold on to a demanding job but not neglect Ella Grace and Madison.
David’s biggest moments of stress came when his daughters got sick. His wife, Suzanne, had gotten sick not too long ago. Her illness seemed harmless at first but progressed more rapidly than anyone could have guessed. When she suddenly died, he was devastated. He felt adrift in an ocean of worry and responsibilities. How could he ever hope to raise their daughters without her? Each new sniffle or rash his daughters developed had him on edge. What if this new symptom was the start of something dire?
David didn’t want to ignore his daughters’ complaints but, then again, he couldn’t take off of work every time they developed a cough. He needed help figuring out when to get them checked out and when to watch and wait.
At first he took a proactive approach. Within the first few days of being ill, he’d call out of work and get an appointment with the kid’s doctor. He figured he’d try to nip it in the bud. That sometimes worked. Madison had the flu once and getting medication early was helpful. Other times it seemed like a waste of time and a $40 copay. The diagnosis was nothing more than a cold. They haven’t invented a magic pill to cure that yet so he just had to ride it out. The most frustrating time was when the cold lasted long enough to allow a secondary infection to develop. In his heart, he resented having to take another day off and spend another $40 to go back to the doctor.
After a while, he became more cautious. He started waiting longer to see if the girls ‘really needed to go to the doctor.’ That sometimes worked too but then Ella Grace developed a pretty bad urinary tract infection that progressed to her kidneys. A short (and expensive) stay in the hospital taught him maybe he shouldn’t wait everything out.
David really just needed someone to talk to about his concerns. He remembered a time when he was little and his mother would call the pediatrician on the phone with questions. They’d talk and decide when to be seen and when it wasn’t necessary. David needed to be able to reach out to someone he trusted and ask questions.
Trinity Direct Primary Care was created so that David could have someone with whom to discuss his concerns. Our goal is to return healthcare back to that familiar conversation between a patient and their doctor. In our modern age, we make use of modern tools. Patients can email or call their physician directly during the business day. After hours, we have a physician on call for urgent advice and care. We offer pediatric memberships for $30 per month which is lower than many copays. New pediatric memberships that complete the first visit this month will have their registration fee of $125 waived.
David didn’t have to feel alone with his worry anymore. Whenever, he had a question about his daughter’s symptoms he’d just email their DPC pediatrician. Even when David was stuck in a work meeting he could email his physician about what to do and when to do it. They could develop a plan together and make the most of office visits when they were needed. David rested a little better knowing he had secured better healthcare for him and his daughters.
If you are interested learning more about Trinity Direct Primary Care, consider attending one of our monthly open houses or calling the office to set up an individual Meet and Greet. Likewise feel free to contact Dr. Mark B McColl or Dr. Jackie Hone directly at their offices or by email. We look forward to serving you and your healthcare needs.