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July 20, 1985
Last nite my routine was a hike to the bathroom about every 2 hrs. Still I managed to get back to sleep between times. But here it is—getaway day. Yes I’m pleased to be going home but I’ve developed a real affection for the people who’ve been caring so well & so cheerfully for me. They’ve been just great— all of them.
I showered, got dressed, Nancy arrived & I did my radio broadcast from the hospital then it was goodbye time. I walked out of the hospital to meet rank after rank of Navy personnel & the band playing Anchors Away. I was deeply moved. Then it was Marine One back to the S. Lawn where more than 1000 staff & family, the Cabinet etc. were waiting with music, balloons & wonderful signs—many invoking the name of the “Gipper.” This too was moving—I’m a very lucky man. I hope I can be worthy of such affection.
Upstairs—did some walking then sacked out for a nap. Dr. Smith came up about 5:45—blood pressure was 120 over 80 & temperature 97°.