I will title this latest chapter in my health saga as "Meds." My doc has put me on all sorts of meds that are wreaking havoc on my body. I take Lipitor at bedtime for hypertension which makes me speed. I take Levimir for diabetes at bedtime which makes me speed. I take Metformin at bedtime with gives me a terrible stomach ache and diarrhea. The result is a recipe for disaster which came to fruition on the night before the December 17th Orland Park Show.
I was suffering all night due to these meds and did not sleep a wink. I texted Rich at 5 a.m. to let him know I could not make the show. I ended up sleeping all day. I know I was supposed to bring cards for a lot of guys and feel terrible that I could not make the show. Rich was awfully kind. He doesn't seem to want me to pay for my tables but I would still like to do it. I scheduled the show and feel I have a responsibility to be there or at the very least, pay for my tables when I cancelled that morning. As dealers, we have a certain responsibility to promoters, other dealers and our customers. In order for a show to be successful, we must show up when we schedule a show. When things happen, because they do, we must notify the promoter and pay for our tables. Rich lost money because I did not show up. He probably could have sold my tables to someone else if I would have been able to give him more time before cancelling. It is not Rich's fault I cancelled. He still has to pay the same amount to rent the hall. Thus, I hope to be able to make things right and pay for my tables.
So I haven't been to Orland since October. I plan on setting up at the February 18th show. I am going to skip all my meds the night before the show so I don't have the same issues... don't tell my doc!
As I write this blog here on January 24th, I am still having these issues with the meds. I did not sleep much last night and went into work very late. Though, I took the Levimir in the morning which I think I will continue to do. I think I am going to start taking the Lipitor in the morning as well. I think the Lipitor kept me up last night. I have greatly reduced the Metformin even though it is effective in lowering my blood sugar but the side effects are just too much to handle. I am scheduled to see my doc soon and hopefully we can iron these things out.
Anyway, I apologize to all those who were looking for me on December 17th and I am sorry I have been away from Orland for so long. As you know, I added the Orland show last year after a three-year absence. Other than being sick from my meds in December, I am having quite a few scheduling conflicts with the Orland show. My first priorities are my show at the Four Points Sheraton in Milwaukee and the Gonzaga show. The Orland show is scheduled on the same date as Gonzaga in March, so I can't make Orland in March. I might have a conflict in April because I just got into the Ohio Sports Collectors Convention which is one of the best shows in the country. I may have another long Orland absence after February. I'll keep you posted.
I have been working on my 1974 Topps baseball binder. Like the '73 binder, this one is taking a lot of time. I am not setting up at any shows this weekend and hope to make some headway on the binder.
My next show is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, February 3, 2018, at the Four Points Sheraton (formerly Clarion), 5311 S. Howell, in Milwaukee. As always, I will be giving out two free packs of Sports Cards. Attendees at this show will have their choice between 2016 Panini Donruss Baseball, 2016/17 Panini Donruss Basketball, 2016/16 Panini Donruss Basketball, and 2016 Panini Absolute Football. See you February 3rd!