The rocker and Poison front man reveals that his health crisis gave him a renewed focus on his most important role: Father.
A cerebral hemorrhage last spring almost cost Bret Michaels his life, which didn’t just scare him and his girlfriend, Kristi Gibson, but also deeply affected their two daughters, Raine, 10, and 5-year-old Jorja. “After the hemorrhage, I realized how quickly things can be taken away from you. I just said, ‘Oh my God, now I’m really going to try to strive to be a great dad,'” Bret says in an interview in Us magazine. “My kids saved my life, and that is the truth. When I got that headache in April, my family was the first thought I had, so I rushed to the emergency room.”
Since then, Bret has been more attentive not just to his kids (“Every morning [while I’m on tour], I call them before breakfast,”), but also to his health. He describes his daily regimen — a medication called Soma for the hemorrhage, a blood thinner called Lovenox, four daily shots of insulin for his type 1 diabetes and a half-dozen finger pricks to check his blood sugar levels — with a laugh, “I’ve become Bret Michaels, human pin cushion.”
The rocker admits that his daughters haven’t had an easy time handling their dad’s health scares, but he’s been trying to alleviate that worry by making sure they know Daddy is taking care of himself. “After the hemorrhage, the girls saw me in the hospital with all these tubes sticking out of me. It was emotional. They would start to cry and it made my blood pressure go up, and the nurses would run into the room. Now, I try to have fun with it. I say, ‘Look! I lived! Remember how Daddy was crazy before? He’s crazier now!’ So they laugh. I try to teach them not to have fear.”