Bret Michaels has canceled a concert in his home state of Pennsylvania after his recent medical emergency, which his reps say doctors have determined was caused not only by diabetes complications, but from a combination of ailments that include a norovirus, also known as the stomach flu.
On Thursday, the 51-year-old rocker, a type 1 diabetic since childhood, had to "basically had to be dragged off the stage" at a gig in New Hampshire, guitarist Pete Evick had said, adding that a crew member told him Michaels' blood sugar level was "extremely low." People who suffer from his type of diabetics require synthetic insulin to regulate the level of glucose in their blood, which is affected by food and alcohol consumption, exercise, stress and illness. Extreme highs and lows are life-theatening. Low blood sugar can cause a diabetic to slip into a coma.
An update on Michaels' condition was posted on his Facebook page on Friday, hours before he was supposed to perform at a joint concert with Charlie Daniels Band and Marshall Tucker Band. It reads as follows:
" As previously announced, Entertainer Bret Michaels was physically forced to leave the stage last night at the Palace Theater in Manchester, New Hampshire due to complications involving insulin shock & 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. Unable to keep substance in his system complications with his insulin levels and inability to balance his blood sugar levels arose. Michaels 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 it's course and let his blood sugar rebalance and remain consistent. While hoping to perform tomorrow in Albany, type 1 diabetes complicates health issues such as the nora flu virus and must be monitored and taken very seriously."
Noroviruses are typically contracted by eating contaminated food or by coming in contact with infected people or objects. The ailment, also called the stomach flu, stomach bug or viral gastroenteritis, causes fever, muscle aches, stomach cramps, vomiting and diarrhea -- the latter of which can cause dehydration and a diabetic's blood sugar to plummet.
Michaels' next scheduled concert with Charlie Daniels Band and Marshall Tucker Band is on Saturday, May 31, at the Times Union Center in Albany, New York.