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July

18

1985

July 18, 1985



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Diary Entry - 07/18/1985

Thursday, July 18, 1985

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A good nights sleep until about 5:15 A.M. when I had a bathroom call. What a morning—the Dr. (Oller) took the metal clips out of my incision—what an improvement that made. Then I had a light breakfast and he told me he’d take the feeding tube out before lunch & he did. Such a feeling of freedom—no more tubes harnessing me to the machinery.

Nancy & I had lunch. I find I can only eat a few mouthfuls. A lot of cards & messages to look at. Then around 4:30 P.M. a wave out the window to the press and down to X-Ray.

Bud came by—it seems 2 members of the Iranian govt. want to establish talks with us. I’m sending Bud to meet with them in a neutral country. Gorbachev has passed the word he’d like to establish a private channel of communications. We tried to get such a thing with his predecessors & couldn’t make it. I gave the word to proceed.

I watched a T.V. press roundtable on their handling of my “illness.” I detected an effort on the part of some—particularly Helen Thomas to use the term “The President has Cancer.” My Dr.’s said use of the present tense is a mis-statement. “The President had Cancer—it has been removed.”