[artist id="500964"]Bret Michaels[/artist] remains in the intensive care unit nearly two weeks after suffering a brain hemorrhage, but his sister said on Monday that he is making slow, steady progress. Speaking again to the "Todd n Tyler Radio Empire" radio show, Michelle Sychak said she spoke to her brother on Saturday and that Michaels was "definitely doing better — he was kind of getting up and starting to walk a bit ... because they don't want the blood to clot."
The other good news was that the Poison singer no longer has slurred speech, according to his sister, but that progress has brought on some other issues. "What's happened is all that blood in his brain is starting to drain, and he's starting to have a lot of back pain," she said, noting that her brother is getting antsy about being in the hospital and is eager to leave. "I can hear it in his voice. I know he's in a lot of pain. ... I said, 'Bret, considering what you've been through ... things could be so much worse.' "
Sychak said Michaels' slurred speech might have partly been caused by the morphine doctors were giving him for pain.
Despite optimistic reports from the Michaels camp that he could be up and back out on the road by the end of the month — which she said was a misunderstanding about the soonest he could possibly be back onstage — Sychak said she's hopeful, but realistic, about the challenges the 47-year-old rocker faces.
"Obviously, if he's up and moving, that's great, but honestly it's not going to surprise me if he's still in the ICU on Friday," she said. "I think [the doctors are] having a problem really getting the bleeding. ... Even though they've sort of caught it, I think there are some issues with them really stopping and figuring out the source. That's why [there's] back pain."
The news came on the same day that doctors at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona, were preparing for their first press conference on Michaels' condition on Tuesday (May 4). Neurologists and neurosurgeons from the institute are scheduled to discuss the case at 12 p.m. PT, providing an update on Michaels' condition, treatment and prognosis.