Poison lyrics take on some sort of significance in times like this

I’m not sure what prompted me to go home Halloween weekend 1993, but I did. I only remember this because River Phoenix died in the wee small hours of that morning. The news hadn’t hit the Midwest when I left the Twin Cities in the early afternoon, but must have hit full force by the time I got back to Eau Claire two hours later.

Since this was pre-widespread Internet use and pre-cellphones news travelled the old-fashioned way by TV and telephone. I learned about River Phoenix’s death when my friend Whitley called to tell me. Or maybe I got my Mom’s call first. I know it wasn’t Jodi Hanson’s call first, but maybe it was Nikki’s. I don’t remember exactly. All I do know is that my friends and family were curious I was handling the death of someone I fell in love with sometime in 1987. A love that I very clearly communicated to anyone who would listen.

Today, I’m getting that deja vu feeling with the news that Bret Michaels is in critical condition with a brain hemorrhage. Once again my friends and family have flooded me with the news of Bret’s condition. Again, I guess I’m not subtle with voicing my affection. Even Sister #2 asked if I was, and I quote, “freaking out.”

I’m not freaking out. I’m concerned. It’s the kind of concern I’d have for any person I never met but who had entertained me for many hours.

What I’m really curious about is how long it takes to recover from something like this. FFJ and I have tickets for his June 4th concert at the Medina Ballroom. Is a brain hemorrhage something that you walk away from and start rocking out on stage a mere six weeks later?

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  1. Bonny 24.Apr.10 at 10:34 am


  2. UH 25.Apr.10 at 10:57 am

    My mom had a brain hemorrhage in 1980 that left her paralyzed on her left side. Almost a year later she was able to walk with the aid of a cane, and about a year after that she ditched the cane for good. She never regained any use of her left arm.

  3. Peabo 27.Apr.10 at 10:39 am

    My guess is that, if he lives, he will not be touring.

  4. amy a. 27.Apr.10 at 1:21 pm

    after my last brain surgery, i haven’t been able to carry anything over 10 lbs. for over 2 months. i am officially released from that may 7th. i don’t want to disappoint you, but i bet he’s not going to be rocking in june.
    i’m concerned too. at first i made bad brain jokes, i mean, he did get hit in the head at the tony awards, and maybe it had something to do with his headband being so tight – BUT, they say the hemmorhage was at the stem of the brain, , that’s kinda where i had my surgeries and there is a little less to damage down there. sometimes. depending. i’m hoping he comes out okay.


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