Bret Michaels has been released from the Phoenix, Arizona, hospital where he has been treated since suffering a massive brain hemorrhage 12 days ago, his neurosurgeon said Tuesday.
Doctors "are feeling pretty confident" that Michaels will not suffer another hemorrhage and will fully recover, Dr. Joseph Zabramski said.
The rock singer and reality TV star faces four to six weeks of rest before he can resume a normal schedule, the doctor said.
His road manager announced last week that Michaels might be able to resume his concert tour on May 26, but his doctor said he asked Michaels to take it easy.
"I made him promise he wouldn't make any promises," Zabramski said.
Michaels was rushed to Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix after he suffered a severe headache at his home on April 22.
"Mr. Michaels was indeed a lucky person, a very lucky person," Zabramski said, noting that 15 to 20 percent of those who suffer such ruptures don't live beyond the initial attack.
While Michaels may have felt much better several days ago, he is going through an expected period of severe back pain and spasms caused by a condition the doctor called "chemical meningitis."
"The blood [that hemorrhaged in his brain] is starting to dissolve, which is very irritating to the brain and spinal cord," he said. "He's really suffering now."
"It takes about seven to 10 days more from now before this blood will completely dissolve and he'll really feel like he's on the mend and can resume all of his activities," he said.
The doctor, who would not reveal where Michaels went to continue his recovery, said he's "not walking very well, but he is talking very well."
Michael's "sheer will to live" kept him alive long enough to allow doctors to stabilize his condition after he suffered the rupture, his doctor said last week.
"He has an unbelievable fight in him and told me what kept him alive at the moment of the hemorrhage was that he 'did not want his family to wake up and see him lying unconscious in the middle of the floor,'" Zabramski said.
Michaels, 47, was the lead singer for the '80s glam-metal "hair band" Poison. He became a reality TVstar by headlining the VH1 show "Rock of Love with Bret Michaels." He has also appeared on "Celebrity Apprentice."
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Dear Brett, We love you down here in the south. As they say we like things big here in Texas and as I see it you're the biggest and the best out there. I am so glad to hear that you have fought this fight and won. My aunt is going through this very same thing right now and she too has made it though. May God be with you Brett now and in all you do. I will keep you in my prayers. I wish you lots of love and much happiness. I hope you continue to ROCK ON , one of your many adoring fans, Sharon Wiggins
I am so happy he's going to be fine...he has a tremendous light inside him. Love you Bret...You are the TRUE ROCK OF LOVE....XXOO
Dr. Joseph Zabramski is the rock star! I had a cerebral aneurysm back is 1992. Dr. Zabramski performed the surgery at Barrows in Phoenix, and I made a full recovery. We even named my son Joe after the doctor. Bret Michaels was lucky to be in the hands of this guy!
Brett, my husband and I have been praying for you. Your love, kindness, and true caring for others and love for your daughters and is so apparent, especially in watching you in the Apprentice. Long time fans of your music and now especially of your heart, we wish you a speedy recovery. I agree with the fan above; God has more plans for you for we are his hands and feet. God bless and take care.
omg ! im really glad that he is ok !
I LOVE BRET!
I'm Glad that you made it.
take Care of yourself and
you really lucky!!
i love you! <3 your biggest fan!!
Dear Bret, I will keep praying for you. If I could take your pain for you, I would. Keep on staying strong, and you will get through this. Your fans, friends, and family love you so much. I love you Bret!!
and yes there is a God his name is jesus and he is the same today and yesterday and he still heals. Call upon him today and he will save you and cleanse you from sin. I pray that Brett will use the remainder of his life as a testimony of the goodness of God
Brett retire young and spend it with you children they need you.. Remember God, Family is what counts in life forget the music world they only want you money.
Brett.. god is giving you another chance to live . Live it for him and for your children. He wants you to proclaim the good news of gospel that he has risen from the grave and that he loves his children and wishes all will come to him.
Of all the people to die, this one just keeps on living. More proof there is no God.
Pfew! I honestly wasn't sure he would make it, but I'm certainly glad he did!
Keep on fighting Bret, and don't ever give up!
praying for you.
Someone asked why the doctor would release Brett? Well, dont u think that the doctor went to medical school and should know what is best. Also, it is not common to keep someone in the hospital for long periods of time. He can probably recover better and faster at home with physical therapy and occupational therapy done on an outpatient basis.
I had this same thing when i was 17 years old... i was told i would not make it through the night and after i did then i was told i would never walk again..but i am doing it all..
This is something you will always think of anytime you get a bad headache it will scare the day lights out of you. that pain is worse thing i have ever had to go through.........So Brett if you get this .....next time you are in town eating at The Raine Thia Bistro ...maybe i will run in to you ...GET WELL SOON ....this takes some time
Awesome that is great news...
wish you the best.God wis with you
That being said, I'm so happy that he is getting better from "it". Have always been a fan!
Brett, I pray you continue to heal. Please take it easy like the doctors advise. Your fans will wait patiently for you to mend. We would rather wait for you to heal and be back for good then to relapse if you come back too soon. God bless!
Very strange indeed for a man who is suffering from a brain hemorrhage to be released so quickly. Love Bret Michaels, but something isn't quite right.
I have never commented on a story before, but felt compelled to on this one. I am the mother of a Type 1 diabetic child. I have watched Brett fight this disease with courage and grace. I pray that he fully recovers from this terrible tragedy soon. I know the struggles he has had to endure with his diabetes since he was a child. My son was diagnosed at 8 yrs old and I know Brett was much younger than that. Good Luck Brett, you are a fighter.
May God continue to bless you. God has plans for you Brett, he is not through with you yet. You are one handsome soul and we pray you recover so that you can get back into the mainstream of society where you belong. We love you and we pray for you.
So glad to hear that you are recovering. Take it easy and listen to the doctors. It is hard for a driven person like you to rest for a long period but it is what you need. All my best. Hope to see you soon.
You gave us a scare! Glad you are on your way to recovery. Take it slow and easy because your kids need you!! Retire while you are young and enjoy your kids.
You have been in my prayers. I can see you are a very, very loving father, and I think your Father saw that and answered many prayers. One thing though, don't rush back to work, no matter what people say. Just concentrate on resting, eating healthy, and spending time with your children. I had a very close friend who died instantly from your condition. His children and especially his widow never fully got over it. I'm so happy you've received a second chance. May Jehovah God continue to bless you. D.
I am so glad Bret is on the mend! I would just encourage him to take it easy and realize that the millions of fans he has would rather have him alive and well than to return to his concert tour too quickly and suffer as a result!
i suffered from the exact same thing 2 years ago. Was in the hospital for 14 days and then released to care at home. I had a spinal tap to releaze the pressure on my brain from the blood that was trapped between my skull and the membrane of the brain. it took three days to get me to a place where i was not in excruitating pain.
He is lucky, i was told that i could die in the first 48 – 72 hours. I was 52 years old when this happened, never smoked, no drugs and do not drink. He is lucky and how his condition flowed was errie for me to read. i am back fully was out of work for 10 weeks and it took one week of being home before i could walk to the end of my driveway.
for the folks who just spew garbage and hate i hope you never have to go thru this as you will regret all you say and question about what happned. Folks like that have no idea and should just stay quiet. Good luck Bret, you have passed thru a very serious illness and you are on the road, just take it easy and every headache, sinus headache is a errie reminder of what happened.
I bet it feels so good to feel the sun on your face again and to be on the mend!!!
Please take care of yourself and feel better soon! ; )
Bret love you sooo much ! I Im so glad you are going to be ok xoxoxoxoxoxo Sarah from Long Island ,New York !!!!!
Take good care of yourself, and know that the fans understand that you need time to get TOTALLY recovered and that a brain hemorage is not anything to deal with lightly.
@ ALEX YOU ARE SUCH AN ASS..... THE ODDS ARE IN HIS FAVOR BUT THE QUALITY OF LIFE IS VERY VERY DIFFERENT. U NEED THE STATS CLASS JERK.
Alan........God is involved in EVERYTHING!!! IDIOT!
Was the lead singer of Poison?? He is the lead singer of Poison. I saw them in August, still were great!! Keep rocking and get better soon, Brett!
Having been through the same thing myself, the recovery is quick. I was only in the hospital 7 days. But the real pain comes while the body is absorbing the blood and you are trying to get off pain killers and not to mention the headaches you still have. The pain will slowly progress down your neck, back, butt and then your legs. And this usually happens after you are released from the hospital.
I'm very happy he is out of hospital and I send my best wishes for a speedy and complete recovery. Be well!
Take the doctors advice and rest. We won't forget about you.
you people do realize he doesn't read these comments right?
we love you in Montreal,Canada and we want you to get better,you are such a beautiful person.
Brett, take it easy for a while the regular season doesn't start for months and the Vikings can use one of their backup quarterbacks. Just get well.
He's probably going to a convalescence type place to fully recover. I doubt he's going home. He still needs attention, especially with all that pain. Probably even needs IV pain meds. I
'm very happy that he's recovering. Very good news!
But doc, doesn't that mean that he shouldn't make a promise to you that he won't make any promises?
dude is bald, he needs the bandana.
I am so happy Bret,that you are recovering.I prayed for you and was
very worried.I have always been a big fan.
Best Regards Always
Maybe if he stops wearing those filthy smoked filled bandanas's his head can circulate blood better.
Barrow is the place to be. I used to live in Phoenix and it is the best in the world. He's one lucky guy. Good luck to him.
Mr. Michaels has showed the world he is not what is the first idea of an impression may be in a classy intelligent way that leaves no doubt as to the kind of person he is and has become thhrough out his life. we are all fortunate that he has survived to bless us with what ever he brings to life next.
I sincerely hope he follows his doctors recommendations. the problem with diabetics is we are not supposed to have salt, white bread, white rice, high cholesterol food etc. i have to wonder how much that played a role in his condition the lack of salt
he had both the appendix out and the brain hemorrhage just not at the same time he was recovering from appendix when hemorrhage happened
'why in the world would a Dr.release him if he can't even walk???makes me wonder...only 12 days ago he had a brain hemorrage..isn't this a little quick? You'd think the Dr.would want him to be 100% better after such a serious situation...'
Because he was probably released to a skilled personal care attendant, possibly an RN.
I had the same thing happen to me but was told that "we" had to wait for it to "bleed out". it took 27 days of agonizong pain for the blood to dry and get expelled. I know EXACTLY how Brett feels.
Saw Bret on The Apprentice and he never stops going............ Don't do something stupid now and make sure you listen to your Dr.
Wish you the best.
OK; someone educate me here.....WHO IS THIS GUY?????
To Alex: What he said was-he was lucky to be in the 10 or 20 percent that survive it and make a full recovery...I know ..I too suffered a SAH. I would bet it was a perimesencephalic subarachnoid he suffered ,as I did. Out of all the types of bleeds/strokes-its' the best one to have. I would love to talk to him myself and tell him-I was a grade III in ER that night on 1-22-2009-and have made a full recovery, even with all the complications along the way. My neuros had no 'real reason' for it to happen to me either, I was a totally healthy 54 yr old female when it hit me-however, I had hit my head a week or so previous in a 'slip and fall' in my kitchen. I can tell you, this particular type of bleed, there arent too many of 'us' that survived and made a complete recovery.
I never prayed so hard for someone I don't even know.
God answers prayers!!!!
Bless you Michael.
Hang in there man!
This sort of thing happens when prayers and well wishes are sent to a great person. Have a speedy recovery!
hey man it is great to know you pulled through this......I was praying hard for you......take it easy recovering and keep rockin the world!!!
Do you think they let him wear his bandanna at the hospital?
Mr. Michaels, I went thru what you're going thru when I was 4 years young - I'm 57 now. My so-called "brother" & his Imam, Johnny R, were the instigators of my hell.
Please, please, please DO take it easy for the rest of this month!!
You have this one life, this one body & I'm praying 4 U!!
OK, help me out here. The doctor says "Mr. Michaels was indeed a lucky person, a very lucky person," Zabramski said, noting that 15 to 20 percent of those who suffer such ruptures don't live beyond the initial attack." ..... so it means that between 80 to 85% make it alive from such attacks. If you have an 80% of chances to make it, tan doesn't make you lucky! The odds are on your favor. Why the doctor says he's very lucky? Go take some stats class.
That was quite a scare!!!!! Get better soon! We love you Bret!! Best wishes and I hope the sun shines on you! We are so happy you are getting better!
i wonder if he gets pulled over if they will ask to see his immigration papers? He is also an immigrant in Arizona, but i guess we have to respect the law(even if its of the nazi garden variety)
Brett Who? WHO CARES!!??
Wishing Bret all the best, hopeful for a speedy recovery.
You and Owen were the best tag team. I'm into MMA since becoming a big boy.
I hope he will make a full recovery and be back in action. I also hope that this was a big wake up call for him and a reminder that he is 47 years old and it's time to give up the "rock star" routine. Hard drinking and party time is for the younger, healthier man and not for a 47 year old diabetic that almost died. Tone it down Bret you are not the "rock star: you once were.
i also want to add my daughter left behind an 8yr old son and 3and ahalf daughter so that is what keeps me going they are blessings to me becaus no mom should feel this kind of pain and no child should have to grow up without their mom
Bret – Congratulations on you being chosen as Donnie's newest Celebrity Apprentice. I wanted to let you know how much I loved your songs "Stairway to Heaven", "Sweet Emotion", "Sympathy for the Devil", and "Cat Scratch Fever".
My cousin had the same thing happen to him at the age of 27 after competing in a Triathlon. He survived, but while he was in the hospital he died a few times and was in a medically induced coma for 10 days. I heard the chances of a recurrence with in 5 years is pretty high and that most do not survive a second hemorrhage. Its been 2 years since my cousins hemorrhage and all is well, although; he has take crazy medications for the rest of his life and it took him a full year before his life returned to normal (and he is much younger than Bret and in very good shape).
I don't see how Bret will be able to start preforming again in May. I don't think his road manager really understands the brevity of his situation.
I remember seeing Poison back in '90 at what was then the Starplex ampitheater in Dallas (Fair Park area). What a great show and a fantastic memory! I remember Bret running around the stage singing his pants off. At one point he sat indian style singing a balad (not every rose..). Then wham, song ends and he's all running around, sliding to the right and left. There was of course the infamous belly slide under C.C. He busted open his chin but I didn't care, it was AWESOME! He'd run around chaotically, like a man, doing pushups raising his arms and legs into the air. . One footed spins were the creme de la creme. Fructose induced highjinks of the highest order.
We'll miss you good man. No one can take away the memories!
i wish you a speedy recovery i took my youngest daughter to a concert of yours in maine when she was young but oddly enough she also had a brain anuerysym @28 on jan 1st of this year but passed away on jan 4th it has been very difficult wish she was lucky as you so keep on getting better God bless you take care
Wishing you and your family well, Bret. Hang in there and don't rush into touring if you're not 100%.
@DUH123: I hear his songs on the radio all the time...they play Every Rose Has Its Thorn, Talk Dirty to Me and Nothing But a Good Time all the time...get your head from out under of a rock and listen to good music stations...
When was the last time you heard any of his songs on the radio?
There have been so many fans of multiple generations praying and pulling for your speedy recovery. Take your time and do not rush getting back on the road. Your body needs the rest. I think priorities have totally been rearranged for you at this point. Listen to the doctors, work hard with Rehab. Sometimes it's slow and frustrating, but you are one srtong man and your children need you yet.....at least until they are teenagers. Those of us from the early days and our kids love you. Take Care.
We in the mood to do our thang right now, mo hey now.
Sunny fish, melon jelly ballin' the jack at meat wagon now.
Forever in our hearts Bret, God speed gentle soul.
"I made him promise he wouldn't make any promises," Zabramski said.
OK, did anyone else find that comment totally hysterical? =:D Seriously, though, I'm glad he's doing better. Don't like it when the stars from my childhood are stroking out and stuff. Makes me feel old.
This is good news indeed – for the past 12 days, I've wanted to say just how much Poison sucked, but it would have been in poor taste. Now that he's on the mend, we can speak our minds again.
Happy to hear he's on the road to recovery!
Now that Bret has been given a second chance at life, I hope he takes it and makes good use of it instead of acting like an idiot on those rock of love shows. He has shown on Celebrity Apprentice that he has alot of talent and a great desire to help others. I enjoy watching this man use his talent and humor on Apprentice. He's a hard worker and has shown how much he loves his family and life. He makes the show interesting.
It is a nice change from watching a middle aged man in heat drooling over these idiots on rock of love, who mainly only want publicity. I'm happy he's on his way to recovery for the sake of his children and I hope he is appreciative of what he has. He's very lucky.
Glad to hear you are doing better...you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers...Keep on rocking Bret!!!!!
I have watched celebrity Apprentice and I have to say. I have also gained more respect for Bret. Maybe he is ready to settle down. He does have a good head on his shoulders and he loves being a dad. I know being a mom there is nothing in the world that compares to it.
Good luck on your recovery.
I suffered a severe brain bleed 4 years ago during childbirth. My son was fine (Thank God) but I had to stay in the hospital for another 2 weeks. Mr. Bret Michaels definitely needs to take in easy. I was released from the hospital after a 2 week stay a week. At home I lost my balance, fell and hit my head. I was taken back to the hospital and a MRI showed that I had brain swelling. After a 4 week stay I went to rehab for both physical and occupational therapy. Instead of taking the usual 6 weeks maternity leave I had to take 4 months. I was determine to get better. He definately has that determination.
im so glad hes doing better and is out of the hospital and on the road to recovery..hes a great person and a great artist....im just glad to hear hes doing better...im just glad i didnt lose my fav singer!!!
What an amazing man to make an amazing recovery.
@Peggy K, "never heard of the guy"? Have you been living under a rock? You obviously have never listened to Rock.
I agree , this is too soon. He should still be in the hospital. He can barely walk, is in alot of pain. And he should definately be resting, relaxing and not worry about touring. There will be plenty of time for that once he has Fully recovered.
I watch Celebrity Apprentice and have gained much respect for Bret after watching how he conducts himself. He really is a good guy, and very talented in more ways than I knew. I wish him well.
I certainly don't think jumping around or headbanging in a concert is a good idea at all........ever if I were him it would be slow romantic rock ballads for Bret (yeah!)
Love you Brett get well soon!!!!!
I became a real fan of Bret's from watching Celebrity Apprentice. I hope he has a complete and speedy recovery! Would love to see him win Apprentice too!
I hope he makes it to the finals of Celebrity Apprentice. (or at least he beats out Holly!)
You've got to be kidding. Two weeks ago this guy was near death and now he is supposed to be thinking about going on tour in three weeks. I hate to say it, but could the severity of his condition been overly stated for publicity, because he certainly has gotten that. I never heard of the guy before the so called medical incident.
I am so happy to hear that Bret is getting better...I hope the next few weeks are not too painfull... we .watch Bret on the Apprentice and he is so creative and fun to watch...I hope he is well enough for the last episode and hoping he wins too...take care Bret and god watch over you....
My mom had this several years ago and was in rehab for SIX months.
He's very lucky indeed. Best wishes, Bret.
So glad to hear your on the road to recovery.....don't rush it! All your fans love ya and will wait. Well wishes!
Glad to hear you are doing well and are expected to make a full recovery. My best to him and his family. God Bless.
IM SORRY THAT HAPPENED TO ONE OF MI FAV. ROCK AND ROLL STARS I HOPE HE GET BETTER SOON. I LUV U BRET MICHAEL'S
Bret, my prayers are with you. I know you can endure and get through this. You are a fighter. I kow this recovery period will be hard. Just keep on praying. If God brings you to it, he will bring you THROUGH it !!
Rock on Bret !!
Bret Michaels is very very lucky to be in close distance to the BEST Dr. available in the United States for his illness. I know where of I speak, in 1992, my mother had an AVM on the Brain, and she lives in Lake Havasu City, AZ. She was evacuated to St Joseph's Teaching Hospital in Phoenix, AZ and also had Dr. Joseph Zabramski, who in 1992 was the ONLY surgeon who performed the operation that saved my mother’s life. I never had the opportunity to thank Dr. Zabramski at that time BUT I do thank him now.
And Bret, congratulations on your road to recovery and make sure you FOLLOW DR’s ORDERS.
what a fruit cake
Good thing this all happened now and not when the new Health Care bill kicks in or he would have died in line at the Emergency room.
If his doctor truly thinks that he lived because of "his sheer will to live" then his doctor is a moron. He lived because the bleeding stopped prior to causing a mass effect and herniation of the brainstem as well as not occuring in an area vital to sustain life functions (i.e. the brainstem). Brett is lucky but his "will to live" had nothing to do with it.
Mike N, MD
Fantastic news! Glad to see Brett's on the mend. He's still got a tough road ahead of him but the prognosis is good! Very lucky man, Prayers & continued well wishes!!
Bret if your reading this take the time Time off and Spend with your Daughter At least a few Months off till your Fully Recuporated this way yea can re gain your Strength again Take the advice you don't wan't any relaps ok :) BRET take the advice please..... I'm sure all the Cerlebrity Apprentice People are thinking the same thing :) Haveing what You Had i went through the same thing in 92 when I Broke C-3 I still live with the pain of it every day so enjoy the time off for a few months :)
And when you are feeling better Maybe yea can make a trip up here to Toronto Ontario Canada :) So Take care Bud :) and get well:) from all your fans Up here In Toronto Ontario Canada
Bret I'm praying for you get well soon love you kathy
As many have said, our prayers have been answered. I'm so glad you are on the mend. I hope you find peace and a deeper meaning to your life through this scary time. You're an amazing man. Keep living my friend.
You are one tough SOB. Loves to you and yours. Take care Bret. My kid hopes to meet you some day.
"God has a plan and purpose for your life to have kept you alive. "
IF your god has a plan for him why did he damage him in the first place, see you make no sense. LOL
Wait tell he gets the hospital bill. He'll die of a heart attack!!!
Maybe now he'll change his band's name "POISON" to "GOD'S GRACE"?
If you are putting down the health care system of this country, you obviously haven't lived elsewhere. I've lived in four countries(where people actually starve to death because they have to wait in long lines), and this country's health care system is the best. If you don't like it here, move to another country(but make sure you mommy and daddy aren't paying the bills like they obviously are doing now).
God didn't save him. I'm pretty sure the doc's might have had something to do with it, as well as the speed of his own actions. Christians either your for science or against it, you cannot have it both ways. It isn't right that you try to claim all of the good and none of the bad in life.
For people who are doubting Bret's condition; it IS possible to leave the hospital this early after an major brain hemorage. In a bleeding brain injury, the doctors main objective is to stablize the bleeding and monitor to ensure that no further bleeding occurs. Once this phase has been reached, its a waiting game. Most patients are moved to rehab centers or go back home and work on re-learning skills lost while the body reabsorbs the blood. Depending on the person and how much bleeding occured, it may only take a couple weeks for the body to recover or it can take several months. Obviously Bret got to the hospital fairly soon and it seems he has the will to get better. I wish him and his family the best and hope he fully recovers soon.
Rock01 – the world thinks people are stupid because of comments like yours. To everyone that is making fun of him, you all probably only wear things that magazines say are in style because you are too unoriginal to be yourselves.
Bret, hope you get well soon! Hang in there, and rest up so you can continue to give us great shows :)
Brett,I have been praying for you every day.I have been your number #1
fan from the eightys.I have always loved your music every rose is my
favorite song to this day.I love to watch you perform.3 times in person
and was coming 2 Hard Rock in Biloxi this month to c u perform
again,but please take alot of time off so u can get some rest and
to heal.We will always be here for u no matter how long it takes to
recover.I work in Nerology so i know what you have gone through
and what you face and i know you will get through this you are a
special person and thanks for helping us Diabetics i have had it
for 10 yrs.God Bless you.We love you
The only thing more scary than this "tard" recovering is those hoping he does!
time to loosen the bandana hemmorage man
I sure hope that hemorhage didn't kill any brain cells. Lord knows he only had two or three left to begin with.
Its wonderful that Michaels has been released from the hospital. In the meantime it'd be great if he could get his hands on some Scientology technology to truly get to the root of his problems.
God Bless Bret and his family. Diabetes is tough enough to deal with, I am praying for his full recovery.
Gooo Bret! You were in my 100% pure atheism prayers. ;)
Good news. Brett should spend a few months at home resting now.
read john 3:16
the only thing that save you is jesus christ if you dont know him get to no him the right way not just saying i belive in god dont get it study the word go to churck
Just thrilled you are slowly on the mend. Just take it easy. God bless you
Praying for your speedy recovery! Please take it EASY!
Take your time healing. Dont scare your fans like that! we love you
What an unbelievable blessing–many have watched and waited!!!
Bret, do us a favor – slow down for awhile. Please follow doctors orders!!!
obviously these dummies don't know a thing about this–to suggest that this is a stunt is stupid. as steve says people do get better from this condition–i've seen many in the 30 years i have been an operating room nurse. god love ya, brett.
I had the good fortune of meeting Bret when he came into a business I worked in years ago. Super nice guy that struck me as down to earth. Not like you really get to know someone in such a short time, but I'm glad to hear it seems he is going to recover when so many don't in that situation.
Must not be his time to go – could be a wake-up call too. He has abused his body a lot and now is suffering the consequences. Got to pay for that abuse at some time.
Good for him. I'm not really a fan of rock music, but I hate it when people die young. Hope he gets a full and speedy recovery.
GOOD LUCK Bret and Family!!! I wish you a speedy recovery!!!!
Bret, has God gotten your attention? Are you thinking about eternity, yet? Do not allow this opportunity to pass you by! Seek Him, He loves you and wants you to be with Him in paradise, forever. He wants all of us to be with Him forever! I am speaking about relationship, Bret, not religion. Read His Word for yourself, without anyone telling you what it says or giving you their opinion. Seek Him, and you will find Him.
There is one God, and one God only. He is real. He does exist. Our bodies, yours and mine, are going to be food for worms one day. I know where my soul will be, can you say the same? Please, read His Word and decide for yourself. It is your life and your decision, as with each of us, and your decision has eternal ramifications.
There is a reason you are still alive, do you really know what that reason is? Is it to party more? To make twenty more records? To bed down a hundred more beautiful women? To make another million dollars? Or could it be for you to discover the Truth? To change your life and save it? God's grace is sufficient. I pray that I will see you in eternity standing nearby, singing songs of praise to our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Brett needs to lose the head scarf. Its OK to lose your hair Brett – grow up and cut it.
I am glad that he is getting better....maybe his HMO kicked him out of the hospital for not meeting the medical criteria to stay in the hospital
Sooo glad you R OK...I have been a fan since the early 80'z
Mr.Michaels i will pray for you every day that god will make you better real soon. I will ask god to give you good health so you can continue doing everything you wish in life.Everything that makes you happy. Also that he grands you love and happiness. Stay well. Anna
Excellent News! Love ya Michael, get better hon! xoxo
Bret, take it easy and get back to good health ... Then Rock on Bro!
I just wonder if he was not a celebrity with money would he have survived most common people do not. So is it money and fame that give you life he was criticle 3 days ago
I knew you had it in you, Bret. I am so thankful for God giving you the gift of music. "Something To Believe In" is still one of my favorite songs, my Dad liked it too. I lost him to cancer in 2000. When I play that not only do I think of how far you've come, I think of my Dad and it always puts a smile on my face. Take care of you, so you can take care of those girls. Much Love.
good luck Bret
Oh Dr., oh Dr. Luck had nothing to do with it. I think we all know what (I should say who) healed him. Bret, you know it was God, don't you? God blesses us with all kinds of good hospitals and Drs. But if it is in his will for us to live, we'll live. If it isn't in his will, we won't. It's as simple as black and white.
Oh joy! Now we know there's a God because this guy can leave a hospital. "God was truly with you, Bret!!" Well, good for him. But I guess that means God was not with people like Corey Haim, Brittney Murphy,
Natasha Richardson, Heath Ledger, Patrick Swayze, Michael Jackson, etc. etc. And yes, I'm aware some of them were addicts and such...but is this guy a saint? Does God play favorites with "celebs"?
This guy was lucky...that's all. But luck can only be pushed so far. Go ahead and hit the road next month Bret...your fans are dying to see you.
And make sure you get back on some stupid TV show, so we can all see a lot more of you. P.S.- take off the stupid hat already, you look gay.
Great news!! You are one tough guy, Bret. Take it easy and relax...you need the time to fully heal after the month you have had. Don't try to jump back into your life too soon!! Best wishes!
Glad he is out of that hospital. My bf stay in the hospital for 14 days back in dec 09. He also had the same thing what Bret had.He also survive his ordeal. As for learning walking again .It wont take long to regain that back. Its due from the blood running down into the lower spine.
He can heal much faster by been at home and taking it easy. Instead in the hospital. Im glad my BF survive his and he always thanking God for letting him to live.
Anna..... Going home without being able to walk is fine. There is no need to have the kind of medical supervision that happens at a hospital just to relearn how to walk.
That's why folks go to rehab. For some, it's inpatient rehab. For others, it's outpatient (go to a rehab center for several hours a day). For others, rehab comes to them. It all depends on your resources.
I would expect that Bret Michaels would have the resources for in home rehab.
A friend of mine went home shortly after coming out of his 2 week coma (due to a head injury). The risks of being in the hospital for someone who is not acutely ill outweigh any benefit. Hospitals are germy (because sick people are there) and are loud and busy and not 'rest friendly'. I had to ask for a private room at the end of the hall with a do not disturb order so I could get a full night's sleep in order to get on top of my pain after surgery once. A good night's sleep allowed the pain meds to be reduced so I could go home. Hospitals really aren't a good place to be if you need to recover.
It has nothing to do with insurance or ability to pay. It has to do with the unique environment of hospitals. Germy and loud. Who can get well there?
Glad to hear you are out of the hospital! Hope you continue to recover quickly and can resume your tour!
Glad to hear Bret is going home, I hope he takes it easy and makes a full recovery for all his fans and family.
I am thrilled for him..and Thankful to God for touching him, and using an obvious great medical team. Truth is, he will take nearly a year or so to recover...the secrect is ...don't let it impair your self esteem....just live in the day and make every day a good day the best you can. Still praying.
Hi, I'm a psychologist who has worked with this type of condition. The normal recovery would be up to a month in intensive care, so Bret is doing well. Then the patient goes to a ward while the pain resolves, 7-10 days. Then they are assessed for rehab requirements. This can start as inpatient and move to outpatient. When he was in intensive care, reporters could not get to him but they could in a ward. So he was transfered by ambulan e to a private recovery facility where wealthier/celebriy patients go. Once the spine is stable and pain reduced, then he will be assessd for rehab,. Then he will need 4-6 weeks to recover his energy and do the rebab. Please don't try to work before this The more rest you have immediately the faster your recovery will be. So hang in there and be patient.
Hey Brett – it is so good to read that you are out of the hospital. Have been a fan since the 80s and you have always handled things with class and style (okay so maybe a few exceptionsi n the 80s but hey – it was the 80s – those things can be overlooked). I hope you have many more healthy happy years to spend with your daughters. But PLEASE don't do any more Rock of Love – cheesey with a capital C.....SURELY you don't have a problem getting a woman. Best of luck in all you do – Georgia
Take it easy and get well soon Bret!
I wish him the best I have seen him and he is a great guy, for his daughter I wish him the best.
I suffered and survived a perimesencephalic subarachnoid hemorrhage myself on 1-22-2009. From what I have been reading, I am thinking this is exactly the type of bleed he suffered and I feel for him. However, I want him to know, I have beat this type of bleed. I was a grade III on the Hunt/Hess stroke scale in ER, right side paralysis, double vision, slurred speech, called 911 myself, and his statement 'he didnt want to be found on the floor' is way too familiar to me!!!! I too went thru the Cerebral salt wasting, the very painful meninges irritation, along with all the deficeits I originally suffered, and sit here as* normal * as can be today. There arent too many ol 'us' that survive it and then make a full recovery. I want him to know there is light at the end of the tunnel!!! The reporter that is following him, please contact my email address for more information. I am serious when I say this, I would have loved for someone to tell me it WAS going to be alright in the near future-this type of P-sub hemorrhage is extremely rare!!! The emotions will be all over the place very shortly for him as it was for me...but I am here, alive and well and I thank God daily for it.
Lots of people have posted comments saying that they know people who have died from hemhorrages like this. Those are tragedies to be sure. I would also like to add that I know someone who was on death's door with a massive brain anyeurism and she made a full recovery and now leads a very active, healthy life. So hang in there Bret! Take it easy like everyone says and you may be back living life to the fullest soon enough.
lls (Linda) – so God saved Bret ? Hmmm, that must mean that he didn't bother to save the other people who had a brain hemhorrage and died. And what about the innocent children that die every day? Gimme a break...
Bret, PLEASE TAKE IT EASY , Your Health is the MOST important to ALL of your Fans... PLEASE TAKE IT EASY AND TAKE YOUR TIME , WE LOVE YOU ON APPRENTICE, YOU ARE A COOL GUY ...!!!!
YAY Bret! Welcome home and best wishes for s speedy recovery! Your fans will be waiting.
Dear Bret' I thank God you are going to be ok.My prayer's were answered.I had faith that God heal you.Like your song says give me one more day.God has give you a lot of day's.God has a plan for your life.And Raine and Jorja need their great dad.Get plenty of rest and take care of yourself.Don't worry about your tour's they can wait your health is the most important issue right now.My prayer's are still with you and your family. Your fan rockin blue rose.Rock on Bret.Get well soon.
It's hard to believe that the docs did nothing but observe him in order to get him on his way...I wouldn't be surprised if Bret is half cyborg now...
i hope he doesnt do something stupid; he needs to listen to the doctors and PROMISE everyone in his life that he will take it easy. his "will to live" may not be enough if it happens again.
His manager should be publicly called out and made to answer for his rediculous claims that Brett would be ready to resume his tour on May 21. How do such imbeciles acquire positions of responsibility?
To the manager: I told you so.
Grant...no, it does not sound like a publicity stunt, at least not from a medical perspective.
Man this guy has a great publicist. He almost dies from his appendectomy, then has a "Massive Brain Hemmorage." Next he has Donald Trump saying his prognosis isn't good. Then lo and behold a miracle. Does this smell like a publicity stunt? Blow it out of proportion in seriousness all for media to feed on.
Wow, the very best to Bret Michaels. He is so lucky. And this is great news for him and his family.
rock-01 quote : no wonder the world thinks we are stupid...
... NOT WE – – JUST YOU !!
Get well soon.
I am SOOOO very happy to see you were released Bret. Been praying for you ever since this happened. Thank God you are on the mend. Will miss you on Apprentice you were so good to watch. :) Keep up the fight and you will be as good as new.
Great news! Get well Brett!!!
Glad to see you ok. I wish you the best in your healing process!
How awesome for him and his family! My friend had a massive brain aneurism in her mid twenties as she was driving her car with her two small children in the backseat. She forced herself to keep driving while throwing up from the pain until she made it to her mothers house, laid on the horn and passed out. She told me the only thing that made her keep going was the thought "I can't die, (her husband) will marry a tramp. I can't have a tramp raising my kids." (that wasn't exactly the word she used) It's amazing what goes through your mind at a time like that. Despite the odds of approximately 95% against someone who survived making a full recovery, after undergoing emergency brain surgery, she did and went on to have another child, despite having been advised it was very risky. On the other hand my mother's co-worker had it happen to her while in the shower and was found dead a few hours later, the water still running. Congratulations for beating the odds Mr. Michaels!
Bret, so happy you are recovering. I have been watch you on The Apprentice and have been following your recent health scare and praying for complete recovery. Take it easy so you can get back out there on the road feeling great.
rock-01 I think you are LAME and STUPID!!!! Maybe you should read a little bit closer or watch the press conf...because Bret is NOT, by any means "in good health" as you state. Just because he is not in CCU/ICU anymore does not mean he's kicking up his heels...Geeze he can barely walk that's why he went to a REHABILITATION CENTER or has ROUND THE CLOCK CARE to gain and work on what he has lost!!!!!!!He has a tough road ahead filled with many challenges and pain but just because the docs released him does not = "Full Recovery", again your words! Your life must suck if you feel the need to state such mean & negative words. IF YOU DON'T HAVE ANYTHING NICE TO SAY....DON'T SAY IT–JERK!!!!!
Anna...there is really no medical indication for keeping him longer in the hospital. The bleeding has been controlled, the "complications phase" passed, obviously without incident. To keep him longer would make no medical sense. As noted above, if he does have any neurologic sequelae as a result of the hemorrhage, the appropriate environment is an acute or even subacute rehab facility. Otherwise, there is nothing more that can be done for him at the hospital nor an indication for him to remain in one.
Yeah!!!!! Im so happy for your and your family! Poison was one of my very favorite hair bands of the 80's! You are one of the lucky one who got a new lease on life, many don't, and I sure hope you have a new appreciation for that! Take it easy man~
You came through this Bret Now keep on fighting. Rest and fully recover. It is REALLY GOOD to know you or well on the mend. Love to you and your daughters, who by the way really look alot like you.
Loce Always JILL x x x
Now Brett can go back to doing what he does best, treating women like garbage and making terrible "music".
Glad you back on the road to recovery...
However, please rethink about your current road manager:
"His road manager announced last week that Michaels might be able to resume his concert tour on May 26"
You need to take care of you first =)
No,Bret,Dear. You were not lucky. You were saved by God. Many people have been praying for you and that's what got you though this with your faith and will to live.
In Christ, God speed your recovery!
To those concerned..rock-01...he did suffer a massive brain hemorrhage. It's called a subarachnoid hemorrhage and is different than the garden variety type stroke one typically thinks of. An SAH has a high degree of mortality early and again at around the 7 day mark. But if you make it out to about 10 days without complication, there is a very good likelihood you will make a full recovery, especially in the non-aneurysmal SAH. I have cared for many, many SAH patients...it is a potentially deadly condition with a high mortality, however, it is also not at all uncommon for individuals with massive hemorrhage to make a significant turnaround at 7-10 days, be released home, and make a full and complete recover. No publicity stunt. No nonsense. No neurologic sequelae. No need for a longer hospital stay. Just a general lack of understanding and experience on what an SAH is and how it plays out.
Bottom line...his course is not at all atypical for a massive subarachnoid hemorrhage, a very dangerous and potentially deadly condition, that can very well play out just as it did with Bret. Not the first thing in this story or the course of events related to Bret should be at all surprising to those that have experience with SAH's.
Get better soon! You are missed. Rock and Roll will keep you happy, listen to alot of music, write this down, there is a killer song in here somewhere. Peace!
what a lame publicity stunt? i feel bad for the people who bought this nonsense. "he suffered a massive hemorrhage' and yet here he is 10 days later in good health making full recovery. WOW no wonder the world thinks we are stupid...
Bret & Family,
WOW what you've been through is astronomical! You've always seemed to have a True LOVE & PASSION for LIFE that is Very Apparent to all around you and that see you. It sounds like from your Doc's that you have a bit of difficult mending to do but your strength WILL get you through this......it's got you this far! God Bless...This Seattle Fan wishes you peace!!! Can't wait to see you up, around & ROCKIN' AGAIN!!!
I have been a fan for along time Bret! I am very happy to see you have come back to us & your family once again! You are a real trooper! We all cherish you! Love, Rocky
Thank you for pulling through, Bret. Without you, we would be left with the dreck that is the Black Eyed Peas, Ke$ha, and Gwen Stefani.
I HATE it when doctors say things like his "sheer will to live" kept him alive, as if the many who have died from the same had not as much "sheer will to live". I was paralyzed in an accident 6 years ago and the reason I can't walk while a few lucky others eventually could has nothing to do with "heart" or "wanting it enough", it has to do with the severity of the injury. Brett Michaels is alive today because his hemorage wasn't as severe as the ones that kill others. Doctors should be leaving the "sheer will to live" comments to agents and PR people. If he wants to compliment Michaels, try this: "he was smart enough to seek treatment at the first sign of illness".
He'll be fine, but did the bandanna make it?
I am really glad to hear about his recovery. Why has no one mentioned the possibility that this might have happened when he got hit in the head as the curtain came down at the Awards show recently?
Great news, esp. these days. I"ve never heard of this guy until he became ill. I wish him nothing but the best. God Bless!!
Bret is darn lucky.
I've had two friends suffer brain hemorrhages.
One died in her kitchen floor while her kids were at school.
The other (a doctor, no less) was in the hospital almost 3 months, in re-hab another 2, and then home care another 4 months. She still has problems & will probably never be able to practice medicine again.
I repeat– Bret is darn lucky.
I am so relieved and terribly happy that you are on the mend! I have been praying for your recovery. I'm so proud of the way you fought for your life! But I knew you would pull through. And I have to say that this world is a better place with you in it because you are soooo hot! :)
I'm happy for him that his recovery is going well - I hope that he will heed the advice given to him by his doctor and take it easy. Sounds like Bret might have an eager manager who wants to get him back to work a tad soon in my humble opinion - May 26th isn't that far off.
Good to know you'll be out and about. Take care of yourself Brett.
I have really enjoyed watching Bret on the Apprentice. He seems like a really nice and talented person. He really cares for his family and those around him.
I have been keeping tabs on Bret since this happen, I am so happy to hear he is recovering so well, I have been through all of this. Sad to say my mother passed away from the same problem Bret had, she suffered serious complications, and never recovered. The will to live was the key for him...God Bless you Bret!!!
God answers prayer...may God continue to bless you during your recovery Brett!
This brought tears to my eyes knowing how hard this man fought for his life and is now home from the hospital...Bret if you read this you are the ultimate fighter and I cant wait to see you win on the apprentice. Welcome home baby!!
So glad he'll make a full recovery! But he'd better get a new manager, one who doesn't see him as a cash cow!
Whats-a-goin on! Thank God this awsome person is on the road to the good. See, it's true, good things happen when so many pray for you! Love you Bret! Can't wait to see what's next in your life! Maybe you'll find that Rock of Love! Maybe you allready did with all the support!
Talk Dirty to Me was the first song I ever learned on guitar! You rock Bret! Best of luck to you.
Thank God for answered prayer. So many of us have been praying for Bret. It's wonderful what God can do! I wish Bret all the best and a swift and complete recovery.
Working in the medical field...when a patient has reached what the doctors consider maximum hospital benefit, i.e, the immediate problem has been handled, the patient is frequently sent to rehab facility for physical therapy and occupational therapy.....has nothing to do with insurance coverage in many cases and this is normal protocol. There will always be good experiences and bad experiences. Brett is indeed blessed with family, friends, and also, immediate help sought. From a personal aspect, in 2004 I had emergency triple-vessel bypass, had no insurance whatsoever, and was not sent home too early.....my doctors wanted to make sure I was well enough to come home and had family to help with healing process..because this type surgery is not a walk in the park...........trust me.
Good luck Brett. You'll be in my thoughts!
Take a few weeks off, Bret, before even thinking about doing the tour bus thrust again... LOL....
hmmm...what hospital was this guy in? There something fishy here.
I AM SO GLAD THAT YOU ARE GOING TO RECOVER. I LOST A FRIEND DUE TO A CEREBRAL HEMORRAGE. PLEASE FOLLOW
DR. ORDER'S TO THE TEA. YOUR GUARDIAN ANGEL WAS WITH YOU. GOD BLESS
beet is lucky,i knew a woman who got this,and died, well good luck Bret,hope you have a long life.
This is awesome news, I've been praying for Bret. God bless him!
We have the best Dr's, way to go Barrow Neurological/St Joseph's Hospital Medical Center in Phoenix ! Dr Z rocks.
Glad to hear that Bret is on the mend!!! Rock on Bret!!!
Brett, your a lucky man so please don't mess up your life anymore with drugs, alcohol, and eating junk food and sweets.
Take care of yourself!!!
GO BRET GO!!!!!!!!! WE MISS YOU BRO! ALL THE BEST AND SEE YOU SOON!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This is actually quite common to go home so soon after brain surgery. Most people leave the hospital within a week if not sooner as long as they are stable. The best recovery is to be mobile and work on regaining loss strength and function, which is quite hard in a hospital setting, something more suitable for a rehab facility. He was lucky to go to one of the best places in the country for neuro-science.
Great news ! I'm happy to hear Bret is well enough to go home to his family now. He deserves a break after all he's been through.
Take it easy man – get well so we can enjoy you for many years to come ! :)
Bret, forget touring for right now. Just stay home, relax, walk, don't run, and in a few months hopefully you will be good.
Bret will always be one hot dude, whether he can walk or talk or not.
Possibly, Brets' medical coverage ran out...typical musician treatment. They asked to pull Madonna/MJ's guitarist David Williams off life support after they found out hey didn't have health care....
Glad to hear he is getting better. I hope he keeps the stress down, as best as possible. Too many stesses in his life right now, could have easily been a contributing factor.
I am so glad to see him out of the hospital. I hope he has many tour dates to come.
Wakeup Call: Slow down !!!!!!!! You're not 19 anymore, get it?
Never really knew much about you, Bret, until Celebrity Apprentice. Honestly, I had low expectations, but I felt like you really rose to the occasion, plus you really seem like a genuinely good-hearted guy. I was very sad to hear about the appendix and the brain hemorrhage and I wish you a speedy recovery.
wow, you are amazing, God has a plan and purpose for your life to have kept you alive. God bless you and your family. I pray for your recovery and for your family. You are a living miracle.
oh, wonderful news! yay, bret, take it wasy, get better, and know we're thinking of you! <3
bret its nice to hear that you are getting well.but take it slow and easy.
Bless you and your family. My son had the same thing at the age of 40. He came out of it very lucky also with speech the only thing affected.
Take care and live wisely so you and your children can be together for a long long time.
JamieinMN-thanks for the info....
So, who did this.. God or the Doctors? I'm pretty sure it was the Doctors... but some of you posters have me confused. I think I'm going to chalk this one up for Luck and Doctors. No God involved.
Wishing you a speedy recovery. I never knew you until Celebrity Apprentice, you are awesome on that show, very kind, considerate and willing to go the distance AND MOST OF ALL "FUN" to be around (I think) & Very "HOT" looking "baby blues". Keep on keeping on.
He's got kids so I hope he recovers soon. I'm sure he's matured since his rocker days. I know he still looks like one but I sure he's all grown up. Good luck Brett. I'll say a prayer for your quick recovery.
God Bless you!
They released him to another facility to recover.
He was released to another facility to recover.
Most people don't recover from this... he is very, very lucky. My sister wasn't...
Hey dude, you've been given a second chance. Take it easy and LISTEN to YOUR DOCTOR!!!!!! Your fans want you a 100% before they see you on stage again k?
Life is short and when its over its over ain't no coming back.
John-I do live in the U.S.-just saying-sounds like he's still very sick....
Chill for as long as you can, life is to short to hurry back and end up in the morgue.
He should take it easy until at least July.
What a blessing!
Re: Orlando Magic Fan – He was recovering from appendicitis when he had this hemorrhage. He's had a rough month or 2. Amazing to me that he has been able to recover so quickly from both illnesses considering he is an almost life-long diabetic. He must be in great health overall.
Take it slow. Wishing you quick recovery so you can take care of your daughter
Hope you and your blond wig make a speedy recovery, brother. Sorry to hear you are down and out and hope you feel better soon. Don't worry about the tour my friend...rest yourself and let our ears rest too.
Did his insurance run out?
Absolutely amazing !!! PLEASE just take it easy for a while ok...don't let any business obligations or pressures make you do something toooo soon or tooooooo stupid. Wish you all the best, and a continued steady recovery!!
Brett, I have been praying for you. Please don't rush. This was a very very serious thing that happened to you. I love watching you on the Celebrity Apprentice still.
Bret is very lucky.God was really with him.
His Appendix ruptured and he had surgery for that on April 12th – then a week or so later, he had the brain hemorrhage.
@Anna, they released him because hospitals are for people in the acute phases of their injury and/or illness. He can go to a rehab center, or in his case a private home with round the clock nursing and be in a much healthier environment. Hospitals are hot beds of bugs and viruses and you don't want to spend any more time in one than you absolutely have to.
Hoping for a speedy and full recovery.
Anna: You obviously don't live in the United States or at least haven't been admitted to a hospital in this country. NO ONE stays in a hospital until they are "100% better." And after my terrible stay in what was billed as "one of the finest hospitals on the country", I can't imagine anyone would want to.
aaaaaawwwww :( Hope You get better Bret Get well soon!!
Take Good Care and Take it easy your fans are chearing you on!!!
Get well soon!! :)
We love you!!!!
wishing brett well. take is slow. listen to the docs. we all want you around for a long long time. your girls need thier dad.
Rock on (slowly for now)!
Bret, I have been praying for you. I think your a super nice guy and you have much more to do on this earth. Go get 'em!
I thought it was his appendix...lots of people told me.
why in the world would a Dr.release him if he can't even walk???makes me wonder...only 12 days ago he had a brain hemorrage..isn't this a little quick? You'd think the Dr.would want him to be 100% better after such a serious situation...I wish him well-
Hang in there Brett.
Bret, nice to see you back on the road to recovery. Take very good care of yourself.
He is one lucky man but the road to recovery is hard for this type of condition!! I wish him well..
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