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January 13, 1988
At about 3:30 A.M. I awoke & realized I had to upchuck—which I did in Nancys bathroom. At 6 A.M. I repeated. Now the problem became—can I go to Ed Hickeys funeral & run the risk of having to run out of my 1st row pew & try to get to the growler while the Funeral Mass is going on. At 7 A.M. we called Dr. Hutton.
He was already up & dropped in at 7:30 A.M. Decision was made that Nancy would do the honors for the both of us. The Dr. tends to think that it’s a bug that’s been going around. I’m inclined to believe I ate something last night that disagreed with me. Temp. Blood Pressure even Electro cardiogram were all on the nose.
Schedule was switched—I went in at 10:30 A.M. for briefing on visit of P.M. of Japan. My breakfast was a glass of Ginger ale. Everything went well—the 1 on 1 (brief ) with the P.M. then the Plenary meeting in the Cabinet room & over to the W.H. for working lunch, the farewell in the East Room & goodbye at the Dip. Room Entrance. Lunch was Consomme, Ginger Ale & Sorbet.
Then the problem was can I go to the dinner tonite where I’m supposed to present Roger Stevens with medal of freedom as he retires from the Kennedy Center directorship—well actually he’s Chairman of the board.
At 3 P.M. Dr. Hutton came up—my blood pressure is normal and actually I feel fine. So decision is I go to the dinner—same menu as for lunch.
If between now & evening I get a bout of barfing—we’ll change signals.
Nope—I felt fine & we went to the dinner & a good time was had by all. Home about 11 P.M.