Alcoholism: It’s All Fun and Games ’til Someone’s Extracting Your Bone Marrow

Who said alcoholism never did anything great? Canadian Norm Eshleman just proved them wrong after getting so blackout drunk that he actually vowed to donate bone marrow.  Sounds like a fun drunk!  All my friends do when they’re blacked out is spit in my face and make me hang out in the club until 4:00 while the scream at the waitress. YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE.

Eshleman has no trouble admitting he was well watered that fateful night some 20 years ago in Cold Lake, Alta., where he was taken to hospital following a brawl in a local bar.

“I won the fight,” he insisted jovially while sipping a brew. But he didn’t remember much else that happened that night, including that he agreed to leave a marrow sample and donate should a match ever come up.

Some 15 years later, it did. Eshleman and Wellman were almost 100 per cent compatible.

The only thing was that, when contacted, the oil industry worker couldn’t remember the pledge. He decided that, however, that if he made the commitment, he would follow through with it.

GOOOOOOOO!!!!1 Donating bone marrow sounds like one of the most painful and disturbing things imaginable. I can barely type with all the heebee-jeebees running up my spine.  I mean I give blood but I kinda have to get myself pumped up to do it.  Drilling through your pelvis to suck out marrow is easily 10,000 times more creepy than that.

Anyway, much respect to this dude for having the balls to go through with it.  The guy saved a woman’s life, clap it up.  Standing-O even.. All you women out there who get loose when the liquor’s flowing and then have the guy arrested when you’re feeling trashy afterward can really learn something about honor from ol’ Norm here.  Although, let’s be honest, he didn’t really have a choice, that would have been the most epic punk-out ever.  If you can’t keep your word when someone’s life is on the line, you ain’t shit.

I’ll leave you with a line from the great Ernest Hemingway: “Always do what sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.”

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