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gdfairy
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   Posted 3/28/2008 9:16 AM (GMT -7)   
I got my notice in the mail the other day.  I may not have to go in if my number is not called, but what if it is?  How does anyone deal with this?  I'm starting to feel a little better but since feeling better never lasts very long, I'm worried about three weeks from now.  I'm worried about getting out of the house and being there by 8:30--will I be finished going to the bathroom?  I'm worried about having to run to the bathroom in court.  I'm worried about passing gas while I'm there. What if I get on a case?  This is stressing me out so much I'm afraid it might cause another flare.  I have a doctor's appointment monday and I'm seriously thinking about asking him for a medical excuse.  But can it really be considered a disability? 
 
Has anyone here had to deal with this?  What did you do?
Left sided UC almost 4 years
Current Meds: Lialda 3 in the morning, one at night
Winding down from flare that started in January
Alternating Cortenema and cortifoam at night--trying to wean off
Multi Vitamin/Mineral/Fish oil, Biotin, Extra Cal/Mag/D
 
 


Squattie
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   Posted 3/28/2008 9:36 AM (GMT -7)   
I had those same concerns when I got jury duty. I called the commissioner and voiced my concerns. She told me to get a note from my doctor and send it in. My GI doc was fine with it. He actually has forms in his desk for such things. I thought I was going to put myself into a flare just fussing with the thoughts of jury duty. If you're going to be freaking about it, do ask your doc when you go in on Monday.
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FitzyK23
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   Posted 3/28/2008 9:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey there! I work for a law firm and help select jurors so I first want to tell you to take a deep breath... I doubt you will end up on the case. First, the court is required to make accomodations for people with disabilities so they may be reluctant to excuse at first because of you disability. This is why it is important to let them know that you would rather be excused than be accommodated. Next, every jurisdiction has different standards on what counts as "disabled." You may or may not be able to be excused with a doctors note. With a doctors note you risk being called next year and the year after in hopes that you "feel better." If you don't meet your jurisdictions standards for disabled you will have to show up for the first day and for voir dire. I was called for jury duty in Mass. and was flaring. There were 2 toilets for about 30 of us. I was freaking. I went to the bathroom about 5 times in an hour and started getting dirty looks from other people in the room who could probably hear me and smell me lol. The bathrooms were IN the juror waiting room. So then we had to go sit in a meeting and I had to excuse myself from that to "go" again. I walked up to a guard, in tears, and said "I think I have the flu." I wasn't diagnosed with crohns yet even though I was sure something was very wrong with me. That is why I didn't try to get pre-excused. So the guard said no worries, signed my card, and let me leave. I was marked as "served" and couldn't be called again for 5 years. Fast forward to working in Maine. So if you don't get pre-excused you show up to the first day of jury selection. You have a questionaire to fill out and give to the lawyers. Each lawyer gets to excuse a certain number of jurors without explanation. On your form they ask if you anticipate any complications with serving or need accommodations. One lady wrote that she had a bladder disorder and would have to have a bathroom break every half hour. Not wanting to stop the trial every half hour we excused her without explanation. Another man read at a fourth grade level. Not wanting him to not understand the evidence we excused him... my point being, even if you can't get excused before trial, if you are honest on your questionaire and FULLY DISCLOSE IN GORY DETAIL why you shouldn't be a juror, a lawyer will probably cut you loose. Finally, a lady did make it onto our jury and mid trial got sick. She wrote a note to the foreperson who handed it to the judge who called a recess. She did this a couple more times. I was sweating for her because I knew how she felt. She didn't show up the next day and just called the judge and left a message that she was sick. What did the judge do? He just excused her. We had 2 extra jurors for that reason. No matter what, you will be ok, you will get out of it one way or another. Even if you have to cry and tell a court room of people that you poop too much, you will be excused lol!!!!!!!
26 Year old married female.  Diagnosed w/ CD 3 years ago, IBS for over 10 years before that, which was probably the CD.  Currently on Pentasa 4 pills/4x day, hysociamine prn, nexium, and ortho evra.  Good times!!!
 
 


Old Hat
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   Posted 3/28/2008 10:03 AM (GMT -7)   
What state do you reside in? It shouldn't be a problem for you to get jury service postponed/excused for at least 6 months. Definitely ask your doctor for support if you feel unstable in the mornings! I have both served & taken medical excuses over 3 decades. Lack of ready access to toilets CAN be a problem in the courthouses-- plus the trial lawyers really prefer to seat jurors who can give their full attention to the proceedings, for however long the sessions may last. / Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC; currently on 3 Colazal daily for maintenance of remission)

Beth75
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   Posted 3/28/2008 10:36 AM (GMT -7)   
I always wondered about that. When I have to go, I have to go, I can't hold it in till a break. I would be mortified........

I could just imagine it being the most important part of someones testimony and it being my 5th bathroom trip........

I think the stress of being on a case would cause me to go into a flare.

I think in MA and NH, you can just decline but you can't do that the next time you get called as you are put back on the list. Check out that option too, may be easier and who knows you may not get called again or called again for a while.
Beth, 32 ~ Major Flare Sept/Oct 07 ~ almost in remission
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gdfairy
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   Posted 3/28/2008 11:46 AM (GMT -7)   

I'm in California for the past ten years and I get called every year--most people do, so the chances are good your number may not come up.   I have never had to actually serve so I know my luck isn't going to last---I'm really due.  My problem used to be constipation so this wasn't a worry in the past, but now I have the opposite problem.  I don't want to just postpone because you can only postpone once and who knows how I'm going to feel then?  If my doctor agrees to the note, I don't think they will take me anyway.  They will probably postpone it for a while and try me again in a few months

So you automatically get a questionaire when you arrive?


Left sided UC almost 4 years
Current Meds: Lialda 3 in the morning, one at night
Winding down from flare that started in January
Alternating Cortenema and cortifoam at night--trying to wean off
Multi Vitamin/Mineral/Fish oil, Biotin, Extra Cal/Mag/D
 
 


Mamas Boys
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   Posted 3/28/2008 12:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Whenever I get a notice for jury duty - my GI writes a note for me stating that I have a disease that causes fecal incontinence and will not be able to serve. 

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jujub
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   Posted 3/28/2008 1:14 PM (GMT -7)   
I was called once. I went in, and when they gave me the form that asked about impediments to serving, I listed UC, then explained that I had chronic bloody diarrhea and if I had to go would not be able to wait for the judge to call a recess, but would have to get up and leave. I was excused.

I was really glad, because I was envisioning the judge holding me in contempt....
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redbull
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   Posted 3/28/2008 1:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh yes !!! I had the same problem I ask my Dr for a permanent excuse from jury duty he had no problem. As long as you have a Dr excuse they cannot deny. But make sure you have the Dr make it a permanent excuse this will be forever!!!! I did it last summer.From Calif, make sure you keep a copy for youself. My wife got a permanent excuse due to stress from her DR also. Good Luck.

Jsanders505
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   Posted 3/28/2008 3:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, it is most def a disability. This is what really blows my mind. The large intestine is a major organ. It is around 5-6 feet long and with ulcerative colitis you have internal bleeding of that organ. Not only do you have the painful internal bleeding but you also have the urgent, unpredictable, painful bowel movements which are extremely intrusive. I just think that people need to get over the fact that it has to do with our "bowels", I could care less what organ it is there is no way it is any less debilitating than other diseases. Not only do we have to deal with the pain but w also have to deal with the constant bloody diarrhea. I would definitely get a disability note from your Dr. for this. Please do not stress about it though. Nothing is worth your health and nonne of this is your fault. The court room should understand your rights more than anyone. If not you have your own lawsuit :)

tjf
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   Posted 3/28/2008 3:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh gosh for some reason I worry about this! I'm glad to know there is something we can do. Even if my UC is behaving my IBS can act up when I'm nervous or stressed.
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Eva Lou
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   Posted 3/28/2008 4:05 PM (GMT -7)   

I got excused by my GI also- I live in Massachusetts. If I do get called again (it wasn't a lifetime exemption), I'll ask for another exemption due to an ileostomy! I figure I've got my bases covered... redface


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Asacol- 8 tabs/day
Remicade infusions
Imuran- 100mgs/day
Culturelle
 
 
 


gdfairy
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   Posted 3/29/2008 8:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone for responding.  Hopefully my GI will agree to writing an excuse when I go Monday, even though my flare is starting to wind down.  The stress alone over this might set me back, and I'm so afraid of that.  I'm so grateful I have this place to come to with all you good people for help and support.  I've learned so much here, too.  Stuff I would never know otherwise.

Left sided UC almost 4 years
Current Meds: Lialda 3 in the morning, one at night
Winding down from flare that started in January
Alternating Cortenema and cortifoam at night--trying to wean off
Multi Vitamin/Mineral/Fish oil, Biotin, Extra Cal/Mag/D
 
 


Another UC wife
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   Posted 3/29/2008 8:47 AM (GMT -7)   
never thought about Jury Duty for DH...............thanks for the suggestions as we will keep that in mind for when he is called which is bound to happen someday soon

61 yr old male~Colitis 1st diagnosed Jan '05-cleared up within a few wks. Flared again in May '06 (now UC) & hospitalized 5/07-currently heading towards a remission. Osteopena of spine from prednisone DX 8/07  Oct 07 feeling quite normal most days.  150mg Imuran  Zero mg prednisone   12 Asacol, Lidocaine Hydrochloride Jelly 2%,multi vitamin, iron 1X day, DanActive, chewable calcium, fiber capsule 1x day, Prilosec 20mg, enalapril 10mg, glipizide 5 mg, zocor 40 mg, baby aspirin, (Fentanyl pain patch 50mg 72 hrs  Morphine Sulf 15 mg twice daily)Cortifoam enema PM, Canasa suppositiry AM, folic acid 1mg, Fosamax 1x month


mythreesons
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   Posted 3/29/2008 9:16 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi There, I just got excused from jury duty here in Massachusetts. My GI wrote a note outlining my condition and the symptoms associated with it.  Urgency etc . I was diqualified . I hve served every three years like clock work even was the forman last time. I told my wife they should be able to give me a pass this time.  Although I would have gone if they did not take my excuse and agrued at the bench for dismissal.  I joked with my wife That I would not go and what's the worse they could do, put me in a cell with a bed and toilet next to each other . Sounds like a good set up to me.

Good luck


munchkindd
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   Posted 3/29/2008 10:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Gee, a few others here from massachusetts, huh? Glad to know that I can get excused next time I'm called if my UC is acting up.

anyone from the south shore area?
*******Donna*******
 
diagnosed with uc 27 years ago.  Enojoyed 10 - 12 year remission (approximately 10 of those years without any meds)
 
currently on Sulfasalazine 2 tabs 3x day. Folic acid, mesalamine enema every 3rd night, will try to spread it out more. Omega 3, Probiotics, multi vitamin, cacium supplement, Biotin....
 
In remission since Jan 2008, can't believe it.............


Eva Lou
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   Posted 3/29/2008 10:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Me! I grew up on the South Shore, my GI is in Plymouth. I currently live on Cape Cod.

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Asacol- 8 tabs/day
Remicade infusions
Imuran- 100mgs/day
Culturelle
 
 
 


munchkindd
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   Posted 3/29/2008 1:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Eva lou....


We're from Brockton......We go down to plymouth camping alot.......you are due for surgery soon? If I remember correctly seeing this in other posts..........what hospital will you have it done? Boston???
*******Donna*******
 
diagnosed with uc 27 years ago.  Enojoyed 10 - 12 year remission (approximately 10 of those years without any meds)
 
currently on Sulfasalazine 2 tabs 3x day. Folic acid, mesalamine enema every 3rd night, will try to spread it out more. Omega 3, Probiotics, multi vitamin, cacium supplement, Biotin....
 
In remission since Jan 2008, can't believe it.............


Moo
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   Posted 3/29/2008 10:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I have to go to court for jury duty on Monday morning sad I've had three fairly minor flares since the fall due to work-related stress (after several years of remission), but have fortunately been doing pretty well recently. So I didn't figure it was worth it to try to get excused in advance.

Since my jury duty is for the month of March, I'm crossing my fingers that I'll only have to be there on Monday!

Eva Lou
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   Posted 3/30/2008 2:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Donna! My husband is from Brockton. I'm going to the Lahey Clinic, in Burlington. My own GI & the head of the GI Dept. at Beth Israel in boston recommended the surgeon to me. It's easy enough to get too, just way out on Route 128. the drive stinks though, all the commuters.

diagnosed with UC '02
meds-
Asacol- 8 tabs/day
Remicade infusions
Imuran- 100mgs/day
Culturelle
 
 
 


munchkindd
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   Posted 3/30/2008 6:39 AM (GMT -7)   
My first GI was the head of the GI unit at Beth Israel. He was great....Did you happen to see Dr. Peppercorn at Beth Israel? Whenever I would get a scrip filled at the pharmacy from Dr. Peppercorn, they couldn't read his writing well, so they wrote Dr. Pepper.........Where in Brockton was your husband from? When is your surgery scheduled for?
*******Donna*******
 
diagnosed with uc 27 years ago.  Enojoyed 10 - 12 year remission (approximately 10 of those years without any meds)
 
currently on Sulfasalazine 2 tabs 3x day. Folic acid, mesalamine enema every 4th night, will try to spread it out more. Omega 3, Probiotics, multi vitamin, cacium supplement, Biotin....
 
In remission since Jan 2008, can't believe it.............


disco
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   Posted 3/30/2008 6:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Well I suppose it depends on how severe your UC is, Jury Duty where I live is pretty easy to get out of out but I would likely just pop some Imodium and suck it up
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Eva Lou
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   Posted 3/30/2008 9:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, Dr. Peppercorn! He was awesome!!!! I had a consult with him at the recommendation of my regular GI, Dr. Marcel (who's also awesome), to see if there was anything we should be doing that we weren't. Aside from surgery, there was nothing. But my visit with Dr. Peppercorn lasted a good 3 hours, extremely comprehensive. My surgery is scheduled for May 7th...I'm freaking out! But very excited to be able to get off meds. And to live a life not ruled by the bathroom ,ya know? My husband is outside doing yard work- I'll ask him where in brockton he's from. His Mom lived there for years, right near Christo's... love Christo's! God, I can't tell you the last time I had a greek salad though... That's great you are in remission- I hope it lasts!  PS- the hubby lived on both the North side & the South side of brockton.


diagnosed with UC '02
meds-
Asacol- 8 tabs/day
Remicade infusions
Imuran- 100mgs/day
Culturelle
 
 
 

Post Edited (Eva Lou) : 3/30/2008 10:27:33 AM (GMT-6)


munchkindd
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   Posted 3/30/2008 2:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Dr. Peppercorn, he's great. Wonder if he is still practicing. I haven't seen in in about 18 years or so. It's over an hour to get into see him, and that's without traffic. Boston traffic can be pretty tough to deal with during the week. I had stopped seeing Dr. Peppercorn because our insurance had changed and he wasn't on the list. Then when it changed again and I could see him, I was just used to seeing a GI around here. But, he was my first GI. We live on the south side of Brockton. And yes, Christo's is great, just went there last month. We do take out pizza and greek salad from there once in awhile. Again, good luck with your surgery, I'm sure everything will go well............
*******Donna*******
 
diagnosed with uc 27 years ago.  Enojoyed 10 - 12 year remission (approximately 10 of those years without any meds)
 
currently on Sulfasalazine 2 tabs 3x day. Folic acid, mesalamine enema every 4th night, will try to spread it out more. Omega 3, Probiotics, multi vitamin, cacium supplement, Biotin....
 
In remission since Jan 2008, can't believe it.............


Winter
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   Posted 3/30/2008 4:24 PM (GMT -7)   
I had my GI to Type a letter stating that I had UC  & would require frequent bathroom break. I was excused for medical reasons.

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