Wish me luck. Got to get out of jury duty.

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   Posted 11/4/2010 12:47 AM (GMT -6)   
I got one of those nice letters last week saying that I have been awarded the privileged of turning my life upside down and inside out to potentially serve on a jury.

I sent the jury commission a letter saying that I suffer from numerous back problems along with a copy of the lastest diagnosis I received a few weeks ago from a spine specialist to prove what that indeed I have a totally screwed up back.

Well today (or yesterday I guess) I get in the mail a new letter from the jury selection board saying that I have to provide them with a letter from my doctor specifically stating that I have a screwed up back and that sitting for long periods of time can and does cause me severe pain.

So now I have to get my air headed PCP to write that letter. I am not sure which I am more worried about. That she won't agree to write it or that she will agree and won't get it done in time to do me any good, as I need to have that letter in their hands a week from Friday.

I can understand the board wanting proof, but you would think the official summary from a doctor that says I have two herniated discs, stenosis, arthritis, and DDD that causes me moderate to severe pain would be good enough. rolleyes

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   Posted 11/4/2010 7:25 AM (GMT -6)   
When I got ahem "selected" for Jury Duty a few years back, I had to attend despite the list of Health Issues. When I got to the Courtroom and they were selecting the Jury, they ask many questions one being "Is there any reason why you feel you can't serve on this Jury", when I told them I was on Pain Medication due to Chronic Pain, they dismissed me right then and there. If you can't sit for more then an hour (which I can't) and then top it off with the Pain Med, they really don't want you on their Jury.
The next time I rec'd a summons, I was dismissed with a letter from my M.D.

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   Posted 11/4/2010 2:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Jim, we have always have to provide a current dated letter from our PCPC too, both my husband and myself explaining why we can't serve too. Your PCP should be able to handle this for you. Hope she cooperates with you. Good luck.
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   Posted 11/7/2010 1:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Jim, as soon as I got my letter for jury duty, I went to my spinal pain doctor, and he wrote a letter for me, and then I reported to the court at the appointed time, and I gave them the letter and proof of disability, and I was then released from jury duty a while later I got another notification, and I just called them and they corrected the record, and I have never been called again. There are allot of people that try and get out of serving jury duty, and that is why they want proof to excuse you from it. If I could I would be more than happy to serve on it, I just feel it is one of our responsibilities as citizens of our great nation. But with that said, when your in pain, it is a hassle to have to prove to everyone, just to get out of stuff that you can not do! I guess it is just the price we have to pay!!!

Good Luck to YOU!

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After spending nearly 22 1/2 years in the USAF, I retired in Sept, 1991. I then went back to school and became a licensed RN in 1994, and I worked on Oncology and then a Med Surg Unit, I became disabled in late 1999 and was approved SSD in early 2002!-- DDD, With herniated Disk at T-12 and L4-5. C5-C6 ACDF in Sep 2009, C6-C7 ACDF in Mar 1985, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications:Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV I am White Beard with a White Beard!
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