King’s health : “better”, yes, no, maybe, perhaps ?

As a one reader said : confidence is broken. It’s now difficult to take for granted the official statements about the King’s health.

His Majesty the King’s health is improving, and he could be taken off one medicine, the Royal Household Bureau said yesterday.

“His body temperature is normal. He can take more food and he gets good sleep,” the Palace said in its latest statement.

His Majesty’s lung inflammation has subsided and an antibiotic was removed from his medication.

Doctors have continued to prescribe physical therapy. (Nation)

The latest communiqué is identical to the previous : strange and even weird.

-“1 antibiotic stopped”. Does It mean there are others ?

-“Physical therapy”. What the hell does it mean ?

-“Lung inflammation”… What does it means ? The King had an infection… not an inflammation.

Anyway. There is sense of deja vu : Sovietology… When during the Cold War people were spending huge amount of energy and time to try to decipher what was going on at the Kremlin…

7 Responses to “King’s health : “better”, yes, no, maybe, perhaps ?”


  1. 1 Zheng Chao 2 October 2009 at 10:58 am

    The comments are purposefully vague to suggest some improvement while never revealing the possible depths of the medical condition. Even at the onset of the hospitalization, they stated that he was diagnosed with fever and poor appetite. These are symptoms, not a diagnosis. Pneumonia is a diagnosis, and presumably at least a part of what is occurring here. Even in this day and age, with advanced diagnostic techniques and strong antibiotics, if you are a frail and elderly individual and you contract pneumonia, your life is very much at risk, unfortunately. Physical therapy is common for debilitated hospital patients, to try to break the downward spiral of infirmity.

    What I find fascinating is that in some other countries, some sort of information would have leaked out, but here all we receive are the missives from on high. Is this silence out of respect or out of fear?

  2. 2 bodhisattva 2 October 2009 at 6:40 pm

    The silence is out of a mixture of both, but fear being the dominant factor, of course.

    The Thai´s are like children when it comes to the Kin (or Lek as I call him) and their attachment to him (based on misunderstanding and ignorance) is so anti Buddhist like.

    But the majority of the Thai´s don´t know the difference between good luck atheist behavior and true Buddhism anyway. That is the main reason they are in so deep water.

  3. 3 Bedwyr 2 October 2009 at 7:37 pm

    “Is this silence out of respect or out of fear?”

    Worse than tat I fear, it is the arrogance which comes from believing you can fool all the people all of the time, which is what the Thai elites are used to.

    A failure to adapt is what killed the dinosaurs.

    Even in Thailand.

  4. 4 Vichai N 3 October 2009 at 3:02 pm

    Definitely out of respect . . . and deep reverence for their beloved King.

  5. 5 Pricilla 4 October 2009 at 5:51 pm

    Probably not wise to play around with this topic, let’s all hope HM just recovers quickly.

  6. 6 Tarrin 4 October 2009 at 9:50 pm

    How come you are so sure of thai Vichai?

  7. 7 Bedwyr 5 October 2009 at 9:32 am

    @Tarrin:

    It is common to find that people who have a deep and sincerely held belief assume that all people share that belief. It is often incomprehensible to them why others would not. The reality is that Vichai was only expressing his personal belief, indeed was only entitled to speak for himself.

    Bedwyr


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