Bret says there were no warning signs that something was wrong on the night he almost lost his life. At about 11 p.m., while Kristi and his daughters slept, Bret felt a sudden pain and heard a loud pop.
"I've never been shot, thank God, but I can tell you this: It sounded like a small handgun went off in the back of my head," he says. "They call it a thunderclap, and I've never instantaneously had a headache like that in my entire life. The word's not even a headache. It's like a migraine times 10."
Watch Bret open up about the night he almost lost his life.
As the pain spread from Bret's temple to the back of his skull, he says his adrenaline kicked in and he went into survival mode. Bret managed to wake up Kristi and told her he needed to go to the emergency room. "I did not want to be collapsed on the floor in the morning when my daughters and family got up and see me lying there, either unconscious or worse," he says.
By the time they arrived at the hospital, Bret says his head hurt so badly, he didn't want get out of the car. "All I could do was just hold my head. Kristi went in. I said: 'Don't get anybody. Just let me sit here,'" he says. "And that's the worst thing you can do. That's how a lot of people that have this happen pass away. They try to sleep through it, or they're in so much pain they don't want to do anything."
A medical team rushed out and put Bret in a wheelchair, but from then on, he says everything is a blur.