If you as a diabetic has had jury duty, I would like to know what the experience was for you. I ask because I have always managed to get out of it after hearing about the horrible experiences my friends have had here in Maryland. My doctor wouldn't give me a letter excusing me from jury duty.
One friend whose diabetic could not get her doctor to write and excuse for her even though her diabetes is out of control. At 9:00 am she was sent to a courtroom to possibly be chosed for a jury. When the judge asked if there was a reason anyone could not served, she told him she was diabetic, showed him her bracelet and asked if there were concessions for those who are diabetic chosen for the panel. She explained that she would not be able to sit on a jury panel unless she would be able to have a snack. He told her there was nothing he could do. She said by 10:30am she could feel her blood sugar dropping. By noon she was begining to feel really bad and needed to go to the bathroom. At 12:45 she was even worse. When the judge called a recess. She said at that point she could barely open he glucose tablets and another jurist helped her. She was able to go to lunch and return but was still feeling bad. She said the judge asked her how she was feeling. She said she told him that he knew what her problem was yet he did not excuse her and she thought that was wrong how he contributed to how she was feeling. She said for the afternoon court session he stopped every 30 minutes and gave her permission to have some candy if she needed it.
I had to go to court and had to be there at 1:00pm. One never knows what time a case is called. I had eaten breakfast. I ate lunch at 11:00 and left for court at 12:15. When my sister and I entered the courthouse and went through the scanner and had our purses checked. My sister was told to throw the candy she had in her purse for me into the trash. I explained that I am diabetic and would need the candy depending on how long it would take them to call the case. I asked for a supervisor who said that was the rule so in the trash went my candy. It was 4:45 when we left the courthouse. I didn't think I would make it to the car a block away. My sister had to go in Walgreens to get me something to eat.
I have jury duty at the end of the month. I called the courthouse and asked if they made concessions for diabetics and was told no. I immediately sent an email to my State Senator and two of the delegates last night. I got a response this afternoon. The delegate said he contacted the court and was told that they make concessions for diabetics because it is the law. I am calling them in the morning to find out what they tell me and will get the name of the person I speak to.
It terrifies me that I could be chosen for a jury because I don't want to have a low that is really bad. Every time I go to jury duty I get chosen for a trial. You can take lunch and snacks and they have a snack machine but you can only eat in the waiting room.
It would be interesting to know how you guys have handled this problem.
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