POISON singer Bret Michaels was physically forced to leave the stage last night (Thursday, May 29) during his solo concert at the Palace Theater in Manchester, New Hampshire due to complications involving insulin shock and severe low blood sugar, along with other conditions which doctors later determined included exhaustion, dehydration, fever and the noro flu virus. Michaels attempted to return to the stage to finish the show. However, it was clear to the band, crew, and audience that he would not be able to continue, as he walked of the stage and became violently ill. Paramedics present at the show immediately responded and 911 was notified. Michaels was unable to keep substance in his system complications with his insulin levels and inability to balance his blood sugar levels arose. The rocker was rushed by ambulance to CMC (Catholic Medical Center), and monitored through the evening as doctors tried to bring his blood sugar back to healthy levels.
Under strict medical direction, Michaels will not be able to perform this evening in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania as doctors have ordered him to let the flu virus run its course and let his blood sugar rebalance and remain consistent. While hoping to perform tomorrow in Albany, Bret's type 1 diabetes complicates health issues such as the nora flu virus and must be monitored and taken very seriously.
According to WebMD, noroviruses are a group of viruses that cause inflammation of the stomach and large intestine lining (gastroenteritis); they are the leading cause of gastroenteritis in the U.S.
In recent years, Michaels, who has known about his type 1 diabetes since he was six years old, has undergone an emergency appendectomy, heart surgery and suffered brain hemorrhaging.
"From the cradle to the grave — and I mean this as sincere as I can say this — you either make a choice that you are living, or you're dying," Bret told "Oprah's Lifeclass" about his biggest life lesson. "It's all in the way you look at it."
In a 2010 interview with Diabetes Forecast magazine, Michaels discussed his health struggles and the everyday challenges of living with diabetes and explained how he has taken control of his health after years of a rock-and-roll lifestyle.
"Life is not perfect, but it's how you roll with it," said Michaels. "I have been knocked down professionally and even worse medically, but I am a kicker and a fighter — mental attitude is what it's all about."
Bret also spoke about how his recent health challenges have changed the way he tours. "I absolutely have an itinerary of where the really good hospitals are, just in case I have another hemorrhage or heart problems," he said. "I am really focused on what to do if something happens to us, not just me, but my band and my crew. But the shows I am playing are as fun and as wild and as upbeat as ever. Everything else is life as usual, on the road."