Bret Michaels will live to rock the world of hair extensions and reality television another day, his doctor announced in a press conference Tuesday at the Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph's Hospital in Phoenix.
Michaels was released from the facility in stable condition yesterday, Dr. Joseph Zabramski announced, saying he was a "very lucky man." His location and most specifics of his condition have been kept secret since he suffered the hemorrhage 12 days ago.
"He's improving," Zabramski said. "I really expect that he will fortunately make a 100 percent recovery. He's just one of those lucky people – 10 to 20 percent who make a complete recovery and can resume all of their normal activities."
You know, like singing, carting a bunch of scantily clad women around on a bus and vying to work for Donald Trump, who just a week ago said he was in "big, big trouble" with a terrible prognosis.
Hey, I didn't say his normal activities were the same as yours.
And while Bret can be an easy target for jokes – what with the hair extensions, the bandanas, the fomenting of catfights and of course that whole Poison thing – he apparently does have a strong will to live. A lifelong Type 2 diabetic who underwent an emergency appendectomy just two weeks before the hemorrhage, he pulled through yet again.
And if you'd seen him do a ridiculous number of one-armed push-ups during "I Want Action" as many times as I did in my misguided youth? You may not be surprised, either.
While Dr. Zabramski says he is "still very sick right now," he says that he expects a full recovery. And as befits Bret Michaels, he left the hospital with a signature Barrow blue head scarf – and a new post on the Barrow Brain Tumor Research Center Advisory Board.
Tour dates remain tentatively rescheduled and there is no word yet on whether he will appear on the Celebrity Apprentice live finale, but I'll say it for him: it sounds like it's really more than enough to be alive.