As amazing as it may sound, Bret Michaels, the irrepressible frontman for the rock group Poison and current contestant on “Celebrity Apprentice,” could be well enough to appear on the season finale of the show on May 23. The Associated Press reported Friday that doctors have indicated that if Bret Michaels’ condition continues to improve, the rocker turned reality show star could be out of doctors’ care and back to doing what he does best — perform — in just a few weeks. The news comes in light of the fact that doctors still have not found the source (nor do they know the cause) of the life-threatening brain hemorrhage that saw Michaels hospitalized and in critical condition on April 22.
Describing Bret Michaels’ condition at present as “serious,” Dr. Joseph Zabramski, a neurosurgeon at Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona, stated at a press conference Friday that the staff was treating the “Something To Believe In” singer’s subarachnoid brain hemorrhage. “Mr. Michaels will continue to undergo testing considering we have hit a few roadblocks including hyponatremia (a condition that produces sodium deficiency that can lead to seizures), severe cranial and back pain suffered from blood drainage, an emergency appendectomy performed a week earlier and a lifelong history of Type 1 Diabetes.”
Zabramski noted that Bret Michaels’ “sheer will to live and fully recover is undeniable.”
Dr. Ronald Benitez, director of cerebrovascular surgery at Overlook Hospital in Summit, N.J. told the Associated Press, “If all the studies he had done show no evidence of an aneurysm being found, it would really just depend on his energy level. If all the tests were negative, and I was watching the show at the end of May, I personally wouldn’t be surprised if he was on it.”
The news also puts to rest an alarming report posted by ETOnline Tuesday. The report noted that Bret Michaels’ condition was worsening, that the bleeding from the brain hemorrhage was putting pressure on the brain and doctors believed that surgery was imminent.
That has now turned out not to be the case.
Janna Elias, Michaels’ tour manager, also confirmed through Bret Michaels’ website that the hair metal singer was in the Arizona medical facility. The information had not gone public or been confirmed in order to protect the privacy of Bret Michaels and his family and to let the doctors perform tests necessary in treating the brain hemorrhage. As Elias explained, the first 7-10 days are critical in after the initial rupture and brain hemorrhage due to additional ruptures or complications arising.
Bret Michaels tour dates have been canceled up through May 21 due to his hospitalization. At present, representatives say that the resilient rocker has plans to hit the road again, barring any unforeseen setbacks, on May 26.
As for “Celebrity Apprentice,” nearly all the episodes were filmed prior to Bret Michaels’ unfortunate hospitalization. But the finale is live and, if Bret Michaels happens to be one of the final two contestants, he would be expected to appear. Of course, they could set the 47-year-old rocker up to join the boardroom of the “Celebrity Apprentice” live via satellite from the Barrows Neurological Institute.
But it’s a certainty that Bret Michaels would rather he appear in person. As would the millions of fans that have been keeping up to date on his condition since his brain hemorrhage ordeal began.