updated 05/06/2010 AT 7:30 AM ET
•originally published 05/05/2010 AT 4:00 PM ET
Bret Michaels may have just spent 10 days in the ICU, but the rock star isn’t complaining. Instead, he says he’s feeling “lucky to be alive.”
In the new issue of PEOPLE, Michaels, 47, who suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage (bleeding at the base of his brain stem) on April 21, speaks for the first time about his ordeal, including a dramatic moment when he first arrived at the hospital.