Bret Michaels Says Stroke Was Like Being Shot In The Back Of The Head

Bret Michaels thought a burglar shot him in the back of the head when he suffered a brain hemorrhage last month that left him in intensive care for nearly two weeks. The 47-year-old contestant on NBC’s "The Celebrity Apprentice" told People magazine that the subarachnoid hemorrhage "sounded like a handgun, like it literally popped." "It made my mind go almost blank," he said. "My neck tensed up. I couldn’t move my head at all."

Michaels said after he experienced the sensation, he began pacing his living room then asked his girlfriend, Kristi Gibson, to take him to the emergency room. "I knew I was slurring my words, and I was like ‘OK, this isn’t a headache. There’s something really bad happening,’" he said.

Michaels recalled asking an emergency room doctor if he was going to die, and if he had a chance to survive, he didn’t want his two daughters, 9-year-old Raine Elizabeth and 5-year-old Jorja Bleu, "to see me in this condition."   Michaels was recovering from his April 12 emergency appendectomy at the at his Scottsdale, Ariz., home he shares with Gibson and their two daughters when he felt the severe headache.   He was admitted into a hospital April 22 and was later diagnosed with a subarachnoid hemorrhage, which causes bleeding in the fluid-filled spaces around the base of the brain. Dr. Joseph Zabramski said at a Tuesday news conference that Michaels was expected to make a full recovery.  Photo: Fame Pictures

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