Bret Michaels: Rock Star, Celebrity Apprentice, and Type 1 Diabetic

May 1, 2010

Bret Michaels suffered a brain hemorrhage last week, and his official website states that he remains in critical condition in ICU under 24-hour supervision by doctors and medical staff.  His doctors are hopeful that he can make a full recovery, but that could take weeks or months.

(Editor's note: Diabetes Health interviewed Bret before he started his television career, and the article can be read here ).

It is unlikely that his type 1 diabetes had anything to do with the hemorrhage. Doctors are also continuing to treat Bret for hyponatremia, a metabolic condition in which there is not enough sodium (salt) in the body fluids outside the cells. Hyponatremia is sometimes a side effect following brain hemorrhage. Symptoms include confusion, decreased consciousness, hallucinations, confusion, fatigue, and headache.Bret will be undergoing more testing as well as an additional MRI.

According to a statement issued at a press conference, "His doctors state that Michaels is very lucky, as his condition could have been fatal.With further testing and rehabilitation, they are hopeful that Bret will gradually improve as the blood surrounding the brain dissolves and is reabsorbed into his system, which can be a very painful recovery and take several weeks to months."

In the 1980s, Bret rose to "rock star" status leading the band Poison, whose biggest hit was "Every Rose Has Its Thorn." His recent television career includes his show "Rock of Love" on VH1 and the current season of "The Celebrity Apprentice" on NBC.


Related story from Diabetes Health: Bret Michaels Lives Life Large 

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Posted by Anonymous on 1 May 2010

my prayers are with you Brett
Susan from Marblehead , Ma

Posted by Anonymous on 1 May 2010

I pray he recovers completely and quickly. He and I were diagnosed about the same age (him at 6, me at 5), and even though I am 50 to his 47, (and the fact that he is in a world I'm not), I still feel that closeness and kinship that comes from being diabetic 'buddies'. I only wish my parents had let me go to camp, I think that would have made a big difference in my young life.

Posted by Anonymous on 2 May 2010

I wish him all the best. As a fellow long term type 1, his case has shaken me up.

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