“Well, at least you will have some time off!”
I marvel at this well meaning sentiment because truthfully, jury duty does not feel like time off. It is more work than my real job.
First, I am spending hours on the computer trying to make sure patients’ results are communicated, orders and refills get sent, questions are answered. I do this in the mornings before I go to court and at the lunch break if they give us enough time. I have a ton of anxiety… that someone is going to get hurt, that a patient is going to get upset, that a ball will get dropped. The office is terribly short staffed right now and I have to be out next week for my kids’ spring break. My jury summons could not have come at a worse time.
Second, while it is mind numbing, it is necessary to pay…
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