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Posted at 1:33 PM ET, 04/26/2010

Bret Michaels still in ICU; celeb pals send best wishes

By Liz Kelly

Bret Michaels in January. (AP)

Bret Michaels remains in intensive care under 24-hour surveillance at an undisclosed hospital according to a new update from the Poison frontman and "Celebrity Apprentice" star's official Web site.

Michaels was rushed to the hospital last Thursday after suffering from a headache that he reportedly likened to being "hit in the head with a baseball bat over and over again." Doctors diagnosed a subarachnoid hemorrhage (see below). By Friday, Michaels was apparently alert enough to talk to his father by phone. Wally Sychak told Radar Online that his son was, "upbeat and positive but [doctors] had him sedated."

Over the weekend, several "Celebrity Apprentice" contestants tweeted their well wishes to Michaels. Donald Trump today told he's in touch with the hospital where Michaels is being treated and speculates that Michaels's 2009 Tony Awards mishap -- when the rocker was struck by a piece of scenery -- may have something to do with his current condition.

Added Trump: "He turns out to be an amazing competitor and ultimately that is the thing that could save his life."

Michaels's official Web site promises an update from doctors sometime this week.


What is a subarachnoid hemorrhage?

According to Wikipedia:

"[B]leeding into the subarachnoid space—the area between the arachnoid membrane and the pia mater surrounding the brain. This may occur spontaneously, usually from a ruptured cerebral aneurysm, or may result from head injury."

From the NIH, symptoms can include:

Sudden or decreased consciousness and alertness, difficulty or loss of movement or feeling, mood and personality changes, including confusion and irritability, muscle aches (especially neck pain and shoulder pain), nausea and vomiting, photophobia (light bothers or hurts the eyes), seizure, stiff neck and vision problems, including double vision, blind spots, or temporary vision loss in one eye.

And, from Google Health, possible outcomes:

How well a patient with subarachnoid hemorrhage does depends on a number of different factors, including the location and extent of the bleeding, as well as any complications. Older age and more severe symptoms from the beginning are associated with a poorer prognosis.
Complete recovery can occur after treatment, but death may occur in some cases even with aggressive treatment.

By Liz Kelly  | April 26, 2010; 1:33 PM ET
Categories:  Celebrities  | Tags:  Bret Michaels, Donald Trump, Subarachnoid hemorrhage  
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Liz, is Bret Michaels giving us a "digital message" in that picture?

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | April 26, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

That's eerie, I was just talking about "thunderclap headaches" and head injury today. Sounds like he did exactly the right thing in getting to the hospital as quickly as possible. In any case. I care not a whit for Mr. Michaels' reality shows, but I hope he recovers fully.

and sas, good question, but I think- think!- that's his index finger that's extended in the above picture.

Posted by: Bawlmer51 | April 26, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

I find it difficult to believe that an injury that occurred a year ago would result in Brett's current condition. When a brain bleed occurs as the result of a fall or injury, the buildup of blood occurs over a matter of weeks at most, not months, after the injury occurs.
IAC, I hope Brett makes a full recovery.

Posted by: susanmccullough1 | April 26, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

I agree, unlikely his previous injury which was too long ago, had anything to do with his subarachnoid hemmorhage. I would more likely have something to do with his other preexisting medical problems (diabetes, high blood pressure). Anyway, wishing a speedy recovery. I hope he is not left with a major neurologic deficit.

Posted by: hodie2 | April 26, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Absolutely right hodie2. Ususally diabetics (like Brett) have a higher risks of suffering from bleeding in the brain or similar stroke symptoms. Wish him all the best and a speedy recovery.

Posted by: plamar1031 | April 26, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

he's always in my prayers get well soon bret!

Posted by: getpublicitygetnoticed | April 26, 2010 11:50 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad Dr. Trump is not his only doctor.

Sending healthy vibes.

Posted by: JLRGG | April 27, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

It's good he went to the hospital right away. If you ever experience the worst headache of your life, get to an emergency room immediately.

Posted by: mat00 | April 27, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

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