Nearly two weeks after Poison rocker and “Celebrity Apprentice” contestant Bret Michaels was checked into the hospital for a severe headache that was quickly diagnosed as a dangerous subarachnoid brain hemorrhage, doctors at Phoenix’ Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center announced at a scheduled press conference that they have discharged him from their care. Dr. Joseph Zabramski cited privacy laws for not giving where and when details but noted that Bret Michaels had indeed left the Phoenix facility. The 47-year-old rocker was considered to be in stable condition and would be undergoing “several therapies” over the next few weeks during his recuperative process.
Dr. Zabramski told gathered reporters that “… we continue to monitor his laboratories daily, and we’re adjusting his medications, and he is making a good recovery. I really expect that he will fortunately make a 100 percent recovery. He’s just one of those lucky people.”
Zabramski also noted that doctors were unable to find the source of Bret Michaels’ brain hemorrhage bleed. But that, according to the doctor, was a good thing, because it indicated that there was no aneurysm and, therefore, meant that likelihood of a recurrence of bleeding would not occur.
“At this point, he said, “we’re feeling pretty confident that he does not have an aneurysm or problems with his blood vessels that would make a recurring hemorrhage.”
Zabramski also used the press conference to shoot down the idea that the accident during the 2009 Tony Awards caused the brain hemorrhage, stating that although an impact to the head could cause a subarachnoid brain hemorrhage, it presents in a relatively short time. Bret Michaels had no damage to his blood vessels in the affected area and they were “perfectly normal.”
On a practical level, the doctor revealed at the press conference that Bret Michaels was walking, but not well. However, he was talking “very well” and “mentally aware of everything that’s going on.”
It is estimated that it will take at least 4-6 weeks for a full recovery. Zabramski said he made Michaels promise him he’d make no promises, but the “determined” Poison frontman and reality star had already made a few.
According to his publicist, Michaels fully intends to resume his touring on May 26. If no complications arise, he also intends to be on the live season finale of “Celebrity Apprentice.” At present, he continues to be in the running to win the competition (the shows having been taped before Bret Michaels’ two recent hospitalizations — prior to the brain hemorrhage, Michaels underwent an emergency appendectomy in Texas). His team, RockSolid, won Sunday’s competition with Michaels as the project manager. To date, the rocker has won $140,000 for his charity, the American Diabetes Association. Michaels himself is a diabetic, having been diagnosed when he was six years old.
And although the doctors in Phoenix officially delivered the good news about Bret Michaels’ discharge, his sister, Michelle Synchak, couldn’t help but preempt some of the good news by sharing it in an interview earlier Tuesdayon the ‘Todd n Tyler Radio Empire’ radio show. She noted that her brother, whom she talked with Saturday, was walking a little, his condition improving, but was suffering some back pain. She added that he was getting restless, wanting to leave the hospital, but probably would not be released before Friday.
It seems that the doctors at Barrow Neurological Institute were keeping the family in the dark as to the when of his discharge as well.