Uh...hells to the NO! I could not compute the idea of not being able to be contacted for the care or for an emergency for the girls.
Let's be honest. I had no sense of civic duty. I had no conviction of citizenship. It was like survival and protecting my littles. I had a split second thought of maybe chancing that my days would be cancelled when I called the night before but that was quickly and fully overshadowed by what if I was actually picked for a jury for the longest trail ever to be seen in our county, a la O.J.
I called the county clerk to see if a medical letter would excuse me. She replied, not so enthusiastically, "Well...we can't do anything about it if you have a medical letter." Cool.
I called the girls' endo and asked if they could provide a letter stating I'm the primary caretaker of two children with a chronic illness and should be excused from jury duty. (Why do I always want to capitalize Jury Duty?) They provided said letter. Awesome.
I sent the letter from the doctor and my jury duty reply in to the county and received this a couple days ago:
Not a shining pillar of citizenship but I'm relieved just the same.