Michaels still getting headaches after brain hemorrhage

Wed May 19, 2010 5:53pm EDT
 
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rock singer Bret Michaels said on Wednesday he was still suffering from headaches and having trouble moving after surviving a near fatal brain hemorrhage last month.

The frontman of glam rock band Poison, who last week announced a May 28 comeback performance, told Oprah Winfrey in a TV interview that he has increased his therapy to twice a day and was just happy to be alive.

"I'm having a little trouble moving ... the lower extremities. It's to be expected. I have a little bit of trouble. The neck is very stiff. The headaches are still there. They said this is to be expected for at least a month after this happens, and each day, it gets better," Michaels, 47, told Winfrey in an interview via video from his home.

"I am so happy to be sitting here talking to you, to be alive, and, you know what, just to enjoy every second of my life," he added.

Michaels was released from the hospital just over two weeks ago. Famous for his colorful bandannas and long blond hair. Michaels told Winfrey he had insisted on wearing the headgear while his life was in the balance in intensive care.

"I said, 'If I'm going out, I want to go out rocking, all right?' 'If I got to go,' I said, 'leave the boots on, some form of the bandanna, and a cape." If I could go out right, not in that hospital gown, no way, no matter what happens," he explained.

Michaels is planning to take part in the May 23 live finale of NBC TV reality show "The Celebrity Apprentice". The singer is still in the running to win the competition, which was filmed earlier this year.

He said last week he would perform live for the first time since the emergency on May 28 in Biloxi, Mississippi and will kick off a tour with Lynyrd Skynyrd on June 10 in Florida.

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant, editing by Dan Whitcomb)