The king has been in bad shape for the umpteenth time. Needless to say, the Royal Household Bureau says that much is “normal” but also admits continuing problems.
In what is said to be a “19th statement released Sunday,” the king is said to have had a fever for two weeks, but that his “fever has dropped, but his breathing is sometimes faster than usual, though pulse and blood pressure remain normal…”.
This fever is said to have been associated with “more saliva and phlegm [and] rapid breathing and lower blood oxygen levels than normal.” Because the report states that a “chest X-ray showed inflammation in the lower part of the lungs … [and] an infection in his blood,” the chances are that the king has had pneumonia.
The king has again been given antibiotics intravenously.
While the report states that the king “has been receiving treatment at Siriraj [Hospital] since returning to the hospital from Klai Kangwon Palace in Hua Hin district, Prachuap Khiri Khan province, on May 31 last year,” he has essentially been hospitalized for most of the period since 19 September 2009.
Update: Surprisingly, just a day after announcing the king had been quite ill, Reuters reports that he’s been on a short trip on Monday. He is said to have gone to Chitralada Palace. A palace official said: “His Majesty will go to the Chitralada Palace for a change of atmosphere and will return today…”.