I’ve been intermittently following Bret Michaels’ condition over the past few days. The lead singer from the music group Poison has been having a rough time over the past number of months, including getting clotheslined by a lowering stage set at the Tony Awards in 2009, which some speculate might have been a precursor to his current brain hemorrhage. Someone who works in brain injury rehab wrote this post, which I think explains things pretty well: Bret Michaels — Why He Matters. His daughter was also diagnosed with diabetes recently. Any way you look at it, he’s having a tough time, and I wish him well.
This really highlights for me the somewhat random, yet eerily interconnected condition our brain has with the rest of our lives. Mr. Michaels is diabetic, which some have speculated might have contributed to his bleed (though others dispute that). I do know that fluctuating blood sugar can affect the strength of walls of veins and arteries, so it seems like one can’t completely rule out the role of diabetes in this case. It may not have directly caused it, but diabetes is known to create vascular issues, so I’m not sure how anyone can say categorically that it doesn’t have anything to do with his bleed.
It’s hard to know just why or how it happened. And since I’m not a doctor who’s attending to him, it’s not my place to say, in any case.
All I know is that life can be terribly… surprising, at times. And the best we can do, is fight our way back to where we want to be. If we’re lucky, we have people near us who can help. And if we’re particularly blessed, we have people who stick with us through thick and thin.
It’s my hope that Mr. Michaels can get that kind of help and support.
And the rest of us, too.