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As Bret Michaels once sang, every night has its dawn -- and after almost a week in the ICU, Michaels is starting to see the light of day. The singer, who suffered a brain hemorrhage, had his condition updated on Tuesday from "critical" to "stable." But all is not rosy, yet: a new update on Michaels' official website also indicated he's experiencing a "setback" in the form of hyponatremia, a lack of sodium (resutling from the hermorrhage) which causes seizures.
The Celebrity Apprentice star suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage last week -- "a type of stroke that causes bleeding in the fluid-like spaces around the base of the brain," according to Us Weekly. Some doctors are speculating that Michaels' head injury at last year's Tony Awards contributed to his injury; however, 15-20% of hemorrhages like this one have no cause. Additional tests are still being performed on the Rock of Love star to determine the exact cause of the rupture, in addition to the angiograms, CT scans, MRIs, TCDs, and other scary-sounding tests that he's already been through.
So what happens now? The Poison frontman will need to take some time off from his rock-and-roll life for rehabilitation, a process that the doctors say is "very painful" and "takes several weeks to months." With any luck, the blood pooling around Michaels' brain will be reabsorbed into his system, and his symptoms -- including impaired speech and vision -- will hopefully disappear. In the meantime, Michaels is being closely monitored by doctors, in case further complications arise from his Type 1 diabetes.
There' s no doubt that Bret Michaels is a fighter: CNN medical correspondent Sanjay Gupta told Larry King Live that 10% of people don't survive subarachnoid hemorrhages, and another 25% don't make it through the first couple days. The fact that Michaels seems to be beginning his road to recovery should definitely give fans something to believe in.
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