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heatmiser
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   Posted 3/2/2009 2:28 PM (GMT -7)   
I just got a summons for jury duty. I don't really mind doing it, but am concerned about what if I had to go in the middle of a trial or any other situation where I would not be able to just get up and find a restroom. I see there's a place for a doctor's excuse to get out of it. Has anyone ever done this? I really don't think a judge would be too happy with me interrupting things every time I need to go. How embarrassing would that be anyway. I'm thinking I'll ask my doc to do this, but wonder if anyone has ever gotten out of jury duty due to cd or uc?

Thanks!

Bible
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   Posted 3/2/2009 2:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I had it last spring and told the judge about my Crohns and needing frequent bathroom breaks and his response was: If I need to go the rr then I would need to let the Bailiff know and they would take a break. Thankfully, I didn't run into any embaressment.

Zanne
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   Posted 3/2/2009 2:59 PM (GMT -7)   
I have been called to jury duty a bunch of times and each time my doctor has written a note saying that I can't serve because of health reasons. I send it in, get a note back saying I am excused. I would rather do this than take a day, get up really early to drive into the city, sit around waiting to be called in to be questioned and then tell them that I have medical issue and finally be excused. I know that the stress of sitting in a jury box would make me have to run to the bathroom every 5 minutes. I'm sure that would get old for the judge very soon.
Suzanne

CD 20 years officially, 30 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Managing with strict low residue diet, keeping symptoms to a minimum. All test show small amount of ulceration, still have occasional blockages. But still have a great time with my 2 daughters and husband!


Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....


FitzyK23
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   Posted 3/2/2009 3:13 PM (GMT -7)   
I wrote about this in detail on this thread:
Let me know if you have more questions
27 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.


goldy3
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   Posted 3/2/2009 3:13 PM (GMT -7)   
I was called for jury duty 2 summers ago....my doc wrote a letter about my condition and I was excused...if I'm called again I will do the same...it would be to stressful for me to worry about if I'm going to feel well...

gachrons
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   Posted 3/2/2009 3:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Well your not alone I got one last week too and not the greastest thing to get ...It's a long drive and waiting to get in to the Dr. now.. lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,hemmies,and still alive.lol gail


Jen77
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   Posted 3/2/2009 3:34 PM (GMT -7)   
I would get a note from my doctor if I ever get called. Knowing me the nerves from having to do such a thing would send me straight in the bathroom every few minutes. Just knowing I couldn't go to a bathroom whenever I felt like it (and having them take a break for me would make those nerves even worse, knowing they were waiting), would be a nightmare.
~Jennifer
 
Diagnosed with Crohn's Disease 2/06, and Health Anxiety/OCD 12/08 Taking Asacol, Questran, Toprol XL, and Lexapro.


ivy6
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   Posted 3/2/2009 4:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Yep, my doctor did the same thing. He wrote a rather graphic note about frequent and unpredictable d, and said that these symptoms made me an unsuitable person to sit on a jury... ever... and I haven't been summoned since (touch wood).
Co-Moderator Crohn's Forum.


mtgman
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   Posted 3/2/2009 6:11 PM (GMT -7)   
i just submitted a note from my doc...no problems...

BuzyBum
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   Posted 3/2/2009 6:53 PM (GMT -7)   
I was sent a letter this week as well and I've just replied asking to be excused. There is no way I can do it at the moment, so I'm hoping it's not going to be too much hassle being excused.
37yr old woman UK. Diagnosed with crohns in 95. Currently on 2400mg asacol, 100mg Azathioprine. Been on Remicade once which worked well for me, but they took me off it. Flared up again. Took Humira but it didn't seem to agree with me, but thinking it was now an infection rather than side effects from Humira. Now back on Remicade, had 3 infusions so far and no reactions as yet. Consultant wants me to have a colostomy bag fitted, I've refused and want to try as many options as possible. On Elemental 028 extra diet for 6 weeks.


Margie11
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   Posted 3/2/2009 7:09 PM (GMT -7)   

FitzyK23 said "Next, every jurisdiction has different standards on what counts as "disabled".

The ADA definition of disability has changed somewhat beginning Jan 01,2009 and this should be somewhat standard from state to state as a result. (I would have swore Fitzy was the one who told me about this-if so,see what all that school work does for a person. smilewinkgrin )The new ADAAA amendments to the federal ADA disabilities definition that are relevant to this are laid out on this Law Firms web page:

http://www.gentrylocke.com/showarticle.aspx?Show=1102

So I'm thinking any U.S. Judge should now release you with a Doctors statement of your diagnosis.

 Would this be right, Fitzy?


  Never go faster than your guardian angel can fly! Be Patient And Tough, Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You I get by with a lotta help from my friends!    
 Crohn's DG 2003 , symptoms included terrible joint and soft tissue pain, just met first cousin who suffers from Reactive Arthritis-explains sooo much. Followed SCD Strictly 2003-06, then modified by adding new things 10-12 days apart to avoid delayed reactions in the form of arthritis symptoms. Scope on 2-5-09 was great! Doc says no symptoms,No scope for 10 years!!!
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FitzyK23
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   Posted 3/2/2009 7:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Without reading the link, yes the definition has changed and it now includes intermittent diseases as well as those that are in remission but would qualify as having a disability when active.

The problem is that there is a difference between having a disability and being so disabled. For example, everyone with crohns should qualify for accommodations under the ADA in their workplace. That does not mean that the same person would qualify as "disabled" for disability purposes. Make sense?

Unfortunatly, not many people like jury duty and many people try to get out of it by claiming illness. That is why they are so tough on those of us with real illnesses. In some places, having crohns will be enough. In others, they would try to accommodate you by giving you as many bathroom breaks as you needed. Then, I would respond that I mentally could not handle that because not having free access would cause me extreme anxiety and embarassment or something like that.

The best thing to do is google your state's name and jury duty and then read what they require to get out of it. In many places you will still have to show up and show the judge the letter stating why you can't serve. In others you can just mail it in. If you have a full time job be prepared for them to question you further why you can work but can't serve. Worst case scenario during the questioning by the lawyers you can just take tons of bathroom breaks and show them how bad of a juror you would be and get excused that way.

I actually just checked some of the local state's websites and it seems they are getting more progressive. "We reserve the right to excuse someone for extreme harship including medical conditions."
27 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.


FitzyK23
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   Posted 3/2/2009 7:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Heatmiser - one more thing. If you are interested in doing it though, it is your right and they must accommodate your disability if you are chosen! That includes as many bathroom breaks as you need. You are the one rendering the verdict. You are in charge. Lawyers want you comfortable and paying attention. If that means they need to take more breaks, so be it. Lawyers have to pee too!
27 Year old married female law student (last year!!). Diagnosed w/ CD 4 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD. I am sort of lactose intollerant too but can handle anything cultured and do well w/ lactose pills and lactaid. For crohns I am currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day and hysociamine prn. I also have bad acid reflux and have been on PPI's since age 13. I have been through prilosec, prevacid, and nexium. Currently I am on Protonix in the morning and Zantac at night. I also take a birth control pill to allow some fun in my life.


HabsHockeyFan
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   Posted 3/3/2009 6:26 AM (GMT -7)   

heatmiser...Fitzy gives some great advice!

I just wanted to note that you can not mail a note in in all areas.  Even though I had a medical note, I had to go to the day I was called and wait to be assigned to a jury then present that judge with my information.  I could not call or mail in a note to be excused. 

I would like to sit on a jury, I just would be uncomfortable if it was a bad day.  I would also think I might be a bad juror since I would not eat if I was in the jury so I wouldn't have to go.  Not eating affects my thought process. 


Dx'd '90 (emergency rupture), symptoms ignored long before that, '03 fistulas and bad flagyl reactions, B12 weekly, Pentasa [until I surrender to the bigger meds]
I'm riding on the escalator of life....


aoccc
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   Posted 3/3/2009 3:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I got a big nasty poop for the first time they deny me out of jury duty.. I will clear the jury box out.
SCD since 01, remission since 01, occasional Arby's breaks :)


inflamed
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   Posted 3/3/2009 4:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Personally, I would love to be on a jury (ok, I am a lawyer). I know it is a disruption and nuisance, but it is a civic duty and a good learning experience. Most people I talk to after the fact say it was a positive and informative experience. The annoying part is the waiting to be called/picked not the trial.

As Fitzy said, the judges have to and will accommodate you. All of the judges I have worked with go out of their way to make the process as painless as possible when they can. If you ask you can give them a signal that you need a break and they will give you one. I've found this in both state and federal court, though state courts are a little crazier.

If you want out and don't have a letter from your doc, any sane judge will let you off if you say you can't sit there long enough to participate.
Hoping to stay in remission after the birth of a healthy baby girl. On Pentasa during my pregnancy, went med-free 2 months to nurse (stupid), but back on Pentasa and still nursing.

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