When we recently posted on the king’s health, PPT commented on the issue of the deliberate opacity of the Royal Household Bureau on royal health. The king is always reported to be “improving” or “well,” neglecting to explain why a well and improving person has been in hospital for almost three years and when he repeatedly has health problems that might be considered serious and life-threatening in an old man.
The issue comes up again in the reporting of the queen’s health. PPT hadn’t bothered with the story too much and hadn’t posted mainly because the reports were so thin that we couldn’t make much of them.
However, we have noticed that the reports have been little more than repeated statements that the queen is “improving.” Given that early reports played down the initial illness, we were little interested.
While the Royal Household Bureau continues to report that “Her Majesty the Queen’s health continues to improve,” it added a little more:
In its statement yesterday, the bureau said the Queen has gradually recovered from a shortage of blood to the right side of her cerebellum, a condition which she was diagnosed with on July 21.
Doctors said the Queen’s appetite has improved and there are no complications with her condition.
The doctors will continue to provide Her Majesty with physical therapy.
Putting together those three highlighted points, it appears that the queen may well have suffered a stroke. The reference to “a shortage of blood to the right side of her cerebellum” sent us to the internet. This website seemed useful, stating that the “cerebellum is the second largest area of the brain. It controls reflexes, balance and certain aspects of movement and coordination.” Essentially, a lack of blood to the cerebellum is a stroke that caused dizziness and loss of balance to paralysis or death. That the queen is receiving physical therapy is suggestive of stroke-related impairment of motor skills.
Readers may be better informed than us on brains, blood and strokes, so let us know.
As we noted in our earlier post, it remains clear that no real truth is ever possible regarding the king or his family.