PHOENIX – Rocker and HOH friend Bret Michaels has been released from the hospital where he was being treated for a brain hemorrhage. Dr. Joseph Zabramski said Michaels “is just one of those lucky people” and that “he’ll make a complete recovery”. He also said that he is one of the approximately 20% of people who may go back to leading normals after a hemorrhage like this. Close to 20% of people die each year after suffering this type of brain injury.
Zabramski also went on to say that Michaels “can walk but he’s not walking very well.” Although his speech is back, Bret is said to still be experiencing severe back pain and muscle spasms. Bret, who is 47, is receiving therapy and will probably continue to suffer from severe pain for another seven to 10 days as blood pooled under his brain dissolves. Michaels’ diabetic status limits the options available to him to ease discomfort.
Michaels may have an angel looking over his shoulder as he has remained relatively healthy throughout his life even though he is a Type 1 diabetic, and he also recovered fully from a life-threatening 1994 automobile accident where he suffered a broken nose, rib, jaw and fingers, and lost four teeth.
Michaels, currently a final contestant on Donald Trump’s The Celebrity Apprentice, may be able to make it back to that show for the finale if in fact he avoids being fired in upcoming episodes that were taped last fall. The finale is May 23 in New York City. Doctors have asked Bret to not resume “normal activities” for 4-6 weeks, so an appearance on the show might be pushing his limits.
On the touring side, Michaels’ reps have postponed all appearances through May 21, but announced his summer tour with Lynyrd Skynyrd, which begins June 13, is still going ahead as scheduled.