Plese help, got a jury summons

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   Posted 3/29/2009 3:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello Everyone!!!
Sorry, I cant seem to sleep tonight, my right hand is killing me. I have a bad cramp in the middle on my hand, I just stuck on a lidocaine patch, and thinking of getting some Ibprofen, but I'm too lazy to get up and go get it. Anyways, I got a jury summons a few weeks ago thats due back by April 6th, and I dont wanna do it. It says I must have a doctor's note sent back with it to get out (or a criminal history which I dont have), and it takes a month or longer to get in with a doctor where I'm forced to go to. My insurance forces me to use this low income clinic, that I swear is clinic for docors who got in trouble for something and are under probabtion and doing community service or something, they're so aweful there. The one doctor that I loved there left a few years ago to open his own office (and doesnt take my insurance of course), he was one fo the 2 internists there, but since he's been gone, I've had some bad luck with the other doctors there. There was also this one Nurse Practioner there that I liked but everytime I ask for her, they say she's out, but they wont tell me if she's gone for good or anything, and this has been going on for a year, so I'm pretty sure she's gone for good. They have like 15 doctors there (actually only 2 are MDs, the rest are PAs and NPs). And the other ones I have seen are really nasty towards me, especially if I'm complaining of pain, or they see I'm taking a narcotic. I get all my meds from my neorologist and a doctor that specilaizes in the Suboxone I take, but thats all he does, he doesnt take care of other problems, plus he's and hour and half away. So I dont know what else to do, please give me some good ideas I could do to get out of this. Since I dont work I cant use that as an excuse, they wont even let me use my kids as an excuse, especailly since they're in school. And if your wondering why I cant just do it and quit whinning is because I have a severe anxiety of things like this, I always break down crying in front of them, and then cry even more cause I cried and embarrassed myself. This is one of the major reasons why I'm on disability, I would cry just looking for a job. They say its a personality disorder, I have severe shyness and a fear of people who are of higher authority, like cops, doctors, and especially Judges, which is weird considering my father was a cop for 23 years. Also I'm pretty sure the chairs I'll be forced to sit on wont be very comfortable, and that plus my stress will throw me into a flare, a really bad one, I can feel one starting from just stressing over this. Now if it wasnt for all these health issues, I would do it, I'm not advoiding it cause I'm lazy or anything, I just physically and emotionally cant do it. PLUS, me taking narcotics daily, wouldnt they consider that since it can "impair one's judgement", do you guys think thats a good enough excuse?? Oh please help me, if not, then maybe since I have about a week left I can commit a felony lol, right, that would defiently put me in front of a judge, and I dont think I could handle myself ever being put in jail, I have never been to one and dont want to start, which is why I have to fill out this summons paper or I will be in jail. I know they dont always choose you to do the jury, but I cant even stand trying. Well thank you for listening to me Rant.
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   Posted 3/29/2009 4:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Hellokitty: Do you folks have a legal aid clinic in your area. They will maybe, get on line to your health clinic and speed things up. If this doesn't get you off, when the jury selection questioning comes up, state bias skull in favor of one side or other, ie, "since she's a gambler, I love to gamble, I don't think there's anything wrong with that", or just act nuts. You'll be dismissed.
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   Posted 3/29/2009 6:54 AM (GMT -7)   

Hello Kitty...The hubby and I get summoned for jury duty all the time.  I served on grand jury last year for three months but the hubby always gets dismissed when he calls the number the night before on the phone.  I know it says you need a doctors note, but when I served, they put us in a room with a judge and he asked if anyone had a good reason not to serve and each one walked up and told him why they couldn't.  He just dismissed problem. If your system is more adament about a doctors note, maybe you could just go to one of those walk in clinics with your history and get something in writing. 



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   Posted 3/29/2009 7:44 AM (GMT -7)   
Kitty, I got one a few years ago, didn't have to have a note from doc, but I listed all my illnesses and have never heard from them again. Extreme anxiety was the top illness I used. Plus with the sjogrens I can't go anywhere without a bottle of water in my hand and I never know when the IBS will be a problem. It wasn't that I didn't want to do it I just knew I couldn't.
The clinic should have your records so I would think someone could look at them and write a note for you if you go there in person and tell them what you need. Could the neurologist fax you a note since he rxs the meds??? A walk in clinic might work too but it would probably cost you to go. If nothing else fill out the paper work and list your illnesses and meds and tell them you are waiting for doc app to get a note from doc. I really don't think they are going to do anything to you if you don't have a note from doc. I would contact them before the 6th in case they insist upon a note.
Please don't worry about it they really do have more important things to do with their time and money than go after a woman with health problems and doesn't have a note from her doctor.
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   Posted 3/29/2009 9:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello Kitty,

I was suppose to be on jury duty a few years back. I sent a letter to the judge stating that I had fibromyalgia and that my mind wasn't good enough to make decisions like that. I got excused for life. So you might want to try that. When I got married they tried to call me because of a different last name. But they looked my old name up in the books and found that I had been excused.

Best of luck with this. If you don't get yourself excused, they will just keep sending you notices. So you should talk to somebody.

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   Posted 3/29/2009 9:47 AM (GMT -7)   

LOL... how about just sitting there and saying "What??? What did you say??? Sorry I couldn't hear you... WHAT???" (my apologies to any of us..including myself that's hard of hearing).. make them think you can't hear them.  That way you couldn't hear what's going on with the case.  I've known other people who have gotten out of jury duty with that.

And I agree with Marlee.. why can't someone in the doc's office handle it?

Hope you can get out of it.  I know there's no way I could sit in on a trial for more than an hour.  First of all I have to pee every 15 mins and secondly I can't sit for too long because of fibro and my back problems.

Good luck!!!

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