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When Bret Michaels hilariously knocked himself silly at the 2009 Tony Awards, he was embarrassed and angry.

Following his hospitalization for an appendectomy last week, however, the walking STD rocker is just grateful to be alive.

“They told me that if I had gone onstage like I wanted to, [my appendix] likely would have ruptured and I could have died,” the Celebrity Apprentice contestant wrote this weekend on his blog.

Michaels added that he has a “pretty good threshold for pain,” but “getting your appendix out HURTS.”

That seems obvious, but remember: this is the same person who didn’t comprehend why his duet with Miley Cyrus was utterly inappropriate.

In the blog entry, Michaels thanks his fans for their cards, gifts and well wishes. He also answers the most important question of all:

“Yes, there are hot nurses taking care of me, in case you were curious.”