Jury Duty - ugh!

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peggy113
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   Posted 8/30/2007 7:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey guys - I have just been summoned to serve Federal Jury Duty that begins on 9/10 and could potentially last 3 weeks!  I am not looking forward to this.  It will take about 1 hr 15 min + to drive each way to Indianapolis from where I live.  The thing that I am concerned about is that the literature they sent to me indicates that there will be one mid morning and one afternoon "break", plus approx an hour break for lunch.  Anyone every do jury duty?  I'm sure that I will need more than 1 afternoon break after lunch cuz they don't adjourn until 5:30 p.m.  Starts at 8:30 a.m.  What provisions are made for extra potty breaks?  Anything?  Maybe I won't be chosen for the jury once I report.  I could only keep my fingers crossed.....  Yeh, I wanna here your stories.... please share.
 
Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 


summerstorm
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   Posted 8/30/2007 8:57 PM (GMT -6)   
well you can tell the judge, or get a dr note. that is one thing that sucks about not having UC anymore, i knew i could get a dr note then, but of course i would rather do jury duty than be sick
also have the dr write that you need to keep a drink with you, so you don't get dehydrated

Shaz032
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   Posted 8/31/2007 3:18 AM (GMT -6)   
I did Jury Duty a few years ago. My bag didn't cause any problems. I just emptied during the breaks. At one stage, a few of us jurors were constantly moving about in our seats and the judge looked over at us and said 'Would the jury like a 5 minute break?' lol so try not to worry too much about it.
I have had an ileostomy for 31 years now due to UC.
 
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ktardi
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   Posted 8/31/2007 5:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I was excused from jury duty (in Canada) without predjudice only becuase it was pre-bagging ;)
My suggestion, if you want to actually do your duty whilst in this consition, maintain a high starch diet, meaning fill up on breads & pastas if your able,  I personally find that I go several hours longer without needing to take a break.  Maybe give it a try before hand and see what happens... definately DON'T do low carb, you'll be needing to go every hour!
Good Luck
 
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Phase 1 - Entire large bowel removed 11-09-05
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JudyK89
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   Posted 9/2/2007 6:32 AM (GMT -6)   
I finally got my doctor to write me a note excusing me from Jury duty. I kept showing up each year, but was petrified my ostomy would make some noise or leak during a trial. With CD, and never knowing what your tummy's going to do, you should be able to be excused.
Judy
25+years diagnosed with CD. 
Numerous surgeries, permanent ostomy, adverse reactions to Remicade finally off of Prednisone, hoping for a long remission from this last surgery. 
 
 


Amey
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   Posted 9/2/2007 2:25 PM (GMT -6)   
My husband is a prosecutor. I asked him about this and he said that you can ask to approach the judge and then let the judge and the attornies know of your situation. The judge will accomidate you because of your situation. He may even ask you if you feel comfortable with serving in which case you can ask not to serve and he will release you from jury duty.

No matter what, make sure you show up to your jury duty appointment. The judge is used to people having all kinds of special needs and this is not a big deal to them.

peggy113
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   Posted 9/3/2007 1:09 PM (GMT -6)   

Oh Amey --- thank you for the great information.  It is not that I am "sick", or can't do it, but I just have issues with going potty when I NEED to, which may not be convenient for the court; and being able to consume the food and drink that I NEED to on my schedule, rather than eat only at their scheduled lunch hour. I know that sounds weird.  

Thanks for the info.

 

 


Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 


peggy113
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   Posted 9/11/2007 1:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Well Jury Duty "D" day is over and I have been excused.  I spoke privately with the jury coordinator first thing, and then when we were seated in the courtroom the judge questioned several of the folks re: serving on prior juries, etc.  At the very end, he announced that everyone could stand up and stretch because he was going to turn off the mikes, turn on the "white noise", and then called me and the attornies up to his bench.  After a couple of questions,  he simply told me that I could gather my things - I was dismissed.  He seemed very nice and understanding about the situation.  There were 4 attornies present.  One of them seemed very familiar with what an ileostomy was.  I am so relieved!  Thank you all for the support and esp Amey for the inside scoop.
 
 
Peggy
      
Diagnosed with CD in 1979, many resections and meds
Perm Ileostomy July 1984 at Cleveland Clinic
Disease free since surgery 
 

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