Bret Michaels has slurred speech, blurred vision, still critical

Bret Michaels in Critical Condition After Suffering Brain Hemorrhage

I know it sounds totally gruesome, but I was honestly waiting all weekend to hear sad news about Bret Michaels. But it looks like he’s holding on, which must be a good sign. Thursday night, Bret complained of an excruciating headache and was taken to a hospital. Doctors found a “massive subarachnoid hemorrhage” at the base of Bret’s brain stem, and the doctors have been working on Bret ever since. Not knowing a lot about medical stuff, I thought it all sounded really terrible, and that Bret wouldn’t be long for this world.

Bret manager updated Bret‘s website with the most current situation last night. According to the manager, Bret “is under 24 hour doctors’ care and supervision. We are hopeful that further tests will locate the source of the bleeding, which has still not been located. As we all know, Bret is a fighter and we are hopeful that once all is complete, the slurred speech, blurred vision and dizziness, etc. will be eliminated and all functions will return to normal. Everyone at Michaels Entertainment would like to thank all fans and friends for their continued thoughts and prayers through this difficult time.”

Meanwhile, People Magazine has some backstory on what was happening with Bret before he went back into the hospital:

As Bret Michaels continues to be watched closely by his doctors, a source reveals the rocker’s excruciating moments before he was taken to the emergency room.

According to the source, Michaels, 47, said the headache that prompted him to call for an ambulance felt “like [getting] hit in the head with a baseball bat over and over again.”

Often referred to by doctors as a “thunderclap headache” because of the intensity and suddenness of the pain, such headaches are a tell-tale symptom of the kind of brain hemorrhage that Michaels suffered.

The Michaels’s source adds, “Bret is still in ICU. He still has the headache and is heavily sedated.”

A statement on his fan site noted that doctors are still searching for the source of the bleeding.

“In some patients, doctors never find the source,” says Dr. Keith Siller of New York University’s Comprehensive Stroke Care Center. The bleeding could be very small, or the rupture itself can “cure” the source of the problem, says Dr. Siller.

If no source of an aneurysm or an abnormal vein-artery connection known as an AVM is found, “you basically just wait for the symptoms to go away,” says Dr. Siller. The patient typically remains under close observation, as Michaels is, so doctors can monitor for possible complications.

But if the patient is able to speak, “they’re on the better end of things,” says Dr. Siller, noting that physical therapy and speech therapy are often required to make a full recovery.

On TV’s Celebrity Apprentice, on which Michaels is a participant, Sunday night’s episode carried a post-script. Accompanying slow-motion footage of Bret carrying luggage across a tarmac, a voiceover said, “Everyone here at NBC wishes Bret Michaels a speedy recovery.”

[From People]

Jesus, poor Bret. I really feel for him, and I agreed with most commenters that although Bret probably has some issues with women, he seems like a generally nice and decent guy, grateful for his fame and his fans. I really hope he’s getting great treatment, and that the doctors are able to operate or whatever they need to do.

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  1. andrea says:

    so, is this a stroke? i have no idea about medical stuff. was/is he a smoker?

  2. Jillian says:

    I know he smoked back in the 90s. He drank too. I think he’s been taking better care of himself in the last decade or so.

    Get better Bret!

  3. meme says:

    This is sad because supposedly he’s a really nice guy. the prognosis is bleak.

  4. Susette says:

    This is sad. I really hope he pulls through okay.

  5. Victoria says:

    I really hope he’s OK. He’s too young to die especially if he’s got two kids!

  6. mel says:

    Just saw him on Celebrity Apprentice… and now he’s fighting for his life. My prayers to him and his family.

  7. Green Is Good says:

    Kaiser, I seriously thought he was going to die, too.

    Hang in there, Brett!

  8. Ophelia says:

    That would suck if he had an AVM. That’s what Nate had in Six Feet Under…
    I wish you well, bandanna’d one.

  9. Ophelia says:

    Jesus God, take me off moderation. Seriously. I’ve been loyally posting here for years, there’s no need to continually censor me.

  10. Lala11_7 says:

    Brett was damn near KILLED @ this year’s Tony awards when a piece of equipment hit the man in the head…

    Couldn’t THAT have something to do with THIS?!?!

  11. Bored@Work says:

    I hope he gets better soon. Diabetes only complicates things, so I hope everything works out for him and he gets healthy.

  12. Huma says:

    This was not a stroke. It sounds like what is called a ticking bomb aneurysm, which a very small portion of the population has, adn more so among those who have diabetes. You get a really bad headache and that’s when the brain starts bleeding from all the pressure.

    It is also a symptom of thrombocytopenia, or something like that, which is a symptom of aplastic anemia, which requires bone marrow transplants and horrible things like that, but Brett’s is different. It’s bleeding in the base of the brain.

  13. gg says:

    What is with the giant crosses all over his clothes – I didn’t know he was religious.

  14. Cinderella says:

    Poor guy. If I’ve ever said anything negative about him, I’m very sorry.

    Hope he pulls through.

  15. TaylorB says:

    Andrea is seems (only from what I have heard about on CNN and here) he had an AVM, not all are mind you, but sometimes they are cf’d as a Hemorrhagic (a bleed out) type of stroke (depencing upon the sev and other factors); it could be a bleed out. Again, I am not a human doc, but I suspect that other than his 1 DM he is is pretty good health, so with surgery, treatment, and possible some PT, he will be fine.

  16. ogechi says:

    May the healing Hands of the Most High be upon Bret. By the Stripes of Our Lord Jesus Christ, he is healed. I hope he is a born again. Get well soon Bret.

  17. TaylorB says:

    sorry for the spelling or lack there of, I am in a kerfuffle this morning, trying to multitask 10 things and it is my stinkin’ day out of the office.

  18. Red Folder says:

    I was so shocked to hear this so soon after his appendectomy, and really sad, too.

    I really hope he pulls through somehow. He is far too young to die.

    Get better Bret Michaels!!

  19. MsTriste says:

    On the Rock of Love shows, he always talked about his diabetes, and then he drank. A lot. IF it turns out that his drinking had something to do with this, I hope that his PR team can use that as a PSA against drinking.

  20. k says:

    “On the Rock of Love shows, he always talked about his diabetes, and then he drank. A lot.”

    I never watched that show, but have seen clips of him bragging about drinking. Don’t go tooting the horn for diabetes treatment if you’re not going to take care of yourself, Bret.

    I hope he is OK, but he does not seem like a nice guy but rather a massive pig. It’s great revenge that he has three(?) daughters. And dude, lose the bandana and fake hair.

  21. california angel says:

    Good thing he followed his instincts and went to the hospital…could you imagine just a headache and then your head is bleeding? That is really scary…

  22. GatsbyGal says:

    Get well really soon, Bret. ):

  23. Jag says:

    Not only would he drink, he also wasn’t good about taking his insulin. He said many times that he would “push it,” knowing that he was risking his life. You’ve given me a wake-up call, Bret. (I’m obese and haven’t been exercising, or taking my meds well.)

    Get well soon, Bret.

  24. Whitey Fisk says:

    Lala11_7, I forgot about that. Could minor head injury cause an aneurysm? Anyone know?

  25. TaylorB says:

    Whitey + Lala11,

    From what I understand from the reports he had an AVM, those are not caused by injury or trauma; an animal just has an atypical sort of ‘spaghetti junction’ going on in their arteries and veins from initial development.

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