I received a jury duty notice in the mail today and am very nervous about going. I would like to ask my Endo for a note to get excused. Has anyone ever done this before? Did your doctor give you a hard time about it? I have a difficult time keeping my numbers regular on a normal day. It makes me very nervous to be in a restricted court room where I may not be able to check my sugars when I like or eat something when I get low. How should I go about getting a note from my Endo? Would I need to make an appt or over the phone would be ok you think? Thank you in advance. Very anxious about the whole thing.
Contact the court clerk and talk to them. If you are on a pump, the noise and distraction may preclude from serving. It is really up to the judge and what he or she is willing allow in the room. So contact the clerks office to see.
Lol unfortunately I am not on a pump.
I would serve if it is reasonably possible. I think I owe my fellow citizen a fair shake from our shared judicial system. It's what makes civilization. If the court calls me I'll be certain that they understand that I need an insulin pump, CGM receiver, meter, glucose tab access 100% of the time, a 55 pound service dog and all the attendant supplies and needs. If they can accommodate me then I'm game. No phones?
I don't think it's a universal rule but it seems to be very common in my area, both county and federal courthouses. Some will just ask that you turn it off, others will lock it up.
OTOH in deposition rooms outside of actual courts... you can be quite sure that all the lawyers at some point will be clicking away at something on their cellphone :-)
In California lots of places ask that cell phones be turned off in restaurants. Great rule imho; they are extremely annoying.
I went to observe a trial for work once. It was interesting, as I'd had the file for several years. I'd like to serve on a jury but suspect I'd probably get rejected by the attorneys as I'm a claims adjuster. I can explain that I'd be impartial but perhaps have a weird perspective on these sort of things that they may not want thinking about their cases.
That being said, the case I saw I had no problem having snacks in my pocket, BG meter, pump, etc. It was a smaller, rural venue. I'll be in Cook County next time but figure that it will probably be the same thing there.
If I am allowed to bring everything I need like you could, then that would make me a little less nervous. thank you!
I got a notice for jury duty for the first time several months ago. I called the number listed on the notice because I wanted to know what the procedures were, ie, I am type 1 and what happens if I have to test my blood sugar or eat something in the middle of a trial. I figured I would have to get a dr.'s note or something like that to bring with me to allow me to eat in the court room or something along those lines. I called and as soon as I said I was type 1, I didn't even get to ask any of my questions, the guy said to write that one the form I got in the mail and to send it in. A week or so later I got a letter saying that I was excused from jury duty. I wasn't necessarily trying to get out of it, but... that's what happened. At the time I lived in a large city so I figured that they probably did not want to deal with anyone who may be more trouble than they're worth.
I don't know about where you live but here in Philly when we get a summons to appear for jury duty there is a space to write a comment. Although I haven't had one in years each time I've gotten them in the past I would write that I'm insulin dependent and they would excuse me. I know how you feel about being restricted years ago that use to frighten me to know that when it was time to eat I was restricted from doing so. That was when I was on a very strict routine before learning the new routine in treating my T1.
Interesting that two of you just wrote that on the form. I looked at the list of criteria for being excused and didn't think that would qualify me. Next time I'll just try that. Since I was excused from this one since they didn't need me they can't call me again for a year.
I still feel that way about eating times, Betty, even though, being on a pump I can be flexible about eating times. For me it's the opposite problem. I eat later than most people, lunch for me is usually around 2-3 or even later. So it would be useless for me to get a lunch break at noon. Not to mention most people's idea of appropriate meal food is not mine! I hope I never end up in jail (highly unlikely at this point in my life) or the hospital! I really prefer self-direction, especially when it comes to food between my D, my vegetarianism, my eating schedule and my taste in foods, oh yeah, and despite 18 years of recovery, my eating disorder.
As I've gotten older my eating habits have changed because of other health issues, such as Spinal Stenosis for which I take pain killers. I am no longer on that routine I had re: eating at certain times I too eat late because I get up late due to pain killers. My breakfast is usually between 10 to 12 and that makes my other meals late in the day. Having lived so long with this disease has brought many changes in my life...it's been a bumpy ride tthat continues.
Oh, funny, I live in Philly too. (Well at did at the time of the summons - I live in the suburbs now). So the lesson here is that diabetics in Philly get dismissed from jury duty!