Dealing with a health issue of your own or that of a family member can be overwhelming. Recently, I found an app called Merck Manual to help me better understand my health ailments and my gallbladder surgery. It also helped my mother and I better understand what my father would be faced with when he was diagnosed with cancer. The app is ad-free, which I find refreshing. And since the Merck Manual has been a trusted source of information for medical professionals and consumers for over 100 years, I know the information that I am reading is up-to-date and accurate.
I had a lot of questions and things I did not understand about my gallbladder surgery. Thanks to the helpful information, diagrams and videos I found on the free Merck Manual, my family and I had a better idea of what to expect. It also helped me come up with a list of questions to ask my surgeon. The app also made it easy for me to share the information I learned with my husband. You know how some free apps claim to have the option to share the information, then you click on it and it never works? That was not the case with the Merck App. I clicked share and then clicked on the Google Hangouts option for sharing and sent the information directly to my husband. It was so easy to use and he had a few questions of his own that I added to my list to ask the surgeon.
Going into a surgery fully prepared with all of our questions answered beforehand was invigorating. It was really easy for me to save and bookmark the information and the videos I needed for later too. You don’t always know what to expect from a free app. But I must say, this is one of the best, user-friendly free apps I have ever tried.
The Merck App was also a godsend when my father was diagnosed with cancer. I could find more information about the radiation, possible procedures and the side effects of each. And since the app makes it so easy to share the information, I could send it to my mother so that we both had a better understanding of what dad would be going through. It is never easy to watch a loved one go through cancer treatments, but knowing what to expect and going into the oncologist with a better idea and a solid list of questions was a blessing to all of us.
I would highly recommend the free Merck Manual App for all of your medical concerns. If you or a loved one has a surgery, it will give you a greater understanding of what you can expect. Maybe you have some symptoms that you are not sure if you should be concerned and make a doctor’s appointment or wait it out to see if something changes. The Merck App also has a comprehensive list of symptoms and possible causes that will help to ease your mind or encourage you to get a second opinion. It is always best to air on the side of caution when it comes to your health. I hope that you find this free app as helpful and beneficial as I have.
The Merck Manual was first published in 1899 as a small reference book for physicians and pharmacists, the Manual grew in size and scope to become one of the most widely used comprehensive medical resources for professionals and consumers. As the Manual evolved, it continually expanded the reach and depth of its offerings to reflect the mission of providing the best medical information of the day to a wide cross-section of users, including medical professionals and students, veterinarians and veterinary students, and consumers. Now WE have it as moms, dads, and family members to keep ourselves informed on all things medical!
Author: Debbie Bookstaber
Debbie lives in Philadelphia with her husband and two sons. She’s a #momprenuer who loves technology, toys, travel and anything that helps her squeeze more time with her children into her packed schedule. After graduating from Yale University with a BA and MA, Debbie worked in the travel industry at companies such as Site.59 (a start-up later acquired by Travelocity), Travelocity.com and Expedia.com. Debbie is currently a partner at Element Associates. In 2012, Debbie helped organize SheCon, and she is a frequent speaker at social media and tech conferences such as BlogHer, SXSW, Type-A Parent, Affiliate Summit, SheConExpo, and ASTRA Marketplace. Along with Candace, Debbie is the co-founder of Bloganthropy.org, which recognizes bloggers for using social media for social good, which is at the heart of what she does every day. Debbie serves on several charitable boards, focusing on education and at-risk students. Find Debbie at Mamanista.com