Bret Michaels appeared on Oprah Tuesday and for a man who had just looked death in the face, he looks good. He does have a slight facial drop on one side of his face, which is something that can occur with the type of brain hemorrhage he suffered. It may or may not go away, reports Access Hollywood.
Bret explained to Oprah his horrific ordeal and he did it with articulate speech, showing no sign of slurring or slowness, which can be other symptoms of the aftermath of this condition. He explained the feeling of the blood vessels bursting in his head, which caused the hemorrhage, as feeling as if he had been shot. This is called a “thunder clap” headache and you would have to have experienced this to realize the pain involved.
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I can tell you from experience that Bret has come a long way fairly quickly in his recuperation period. I had the same medical condition Bret did and yes, the pain is so excruciating that after three or four hours of this pain, when the doctors said I might not make it, I wanted to die to get rid of the pain. This is no exaggeration on my part. There was not enough morphine in the hospital to stop this pain.
The beginning of the brain bleeding is very obvious, just as Bret said, there is no mistaking that something is wrong, very wrong. The pain knocked me to the floor and I was home alone at the time. Luckily I woke up and could reach the phone to call for help. I did think I was shot in the head at first. My home is up in the woods and it was during hunting season. I was sure a stray bullet came through the window and hit me in the head. There was no other reason for this kind of pain, I remember thinking.
Bret being a diabetic was not given the steroids that I was prescribed to take down the swelling of the brain. For that reason he must have endured the pain much longer than I did. The thunder clap head pain is no where near a head ache. It is your head exploding and there is no escaping the pain. It is called thunder clap because it is an immediate pain, where a headache will gradually build in pain, the thunder clap is like someone hit a switch and it is in full bloom.
I did have the drooping on one side, much like Bret and luckily it went away after a few months. His is minor and most likely will too. I could not walk for a while because of the numbness on one side of my body and my speech was also slurred. The worse side effect was the moon face, hump on my back, swollen body, and horrible mood swings I had for months after being on over 100 milligrams of steroids daily. It took away the pain, but betrayed me in other ways.
I did not expect Bret to look the way he did on Oprah. I had expected a frail and unsteady man, both in strength and speech. All I had to compare him to is what I went through and at the point that Bret is in his recovery, I still could not get out of bed. So my hat’s off to the rocker who was so determined to come back, he did so in record time.
I am happy to say that I recovered completely with no remaining symptoms from my brain hemorrhage. This happened three years ago and I am no longer in fear of having it happen again. For the first year I was so frightened that it would happen again, I would not go far from home. That too has past and when I heard Bret was going on tour, I realized he was not going to lie around to see if it happens again. My doctor said many people have this once and go on to live full lives and never get it again. It hasn’t happened again so far and my days of hanging around in fear that it will are gone. It looks like Bret came to that realization almost immediately.
He is looking real good and he can give credit to himself for coming back from this so quickly. Good job!
References: People, Access Hollywood