Woman heartbroken for asking hubby to cook after surgery: ‘He’s got his crutches’

Thousands of internet commentators have called out a woman who asked her hobbled husband to cook full meals for the duration of his recovery.

In a viral Reddit post posted to r/AmITheA**hole, Redditor u/InternationalPop2660 (otherwise known as the original poster, or OP) said her husband was recovering from a badly broken ankle and expressed his disappointment with his inability to stand up. its culinary standards.

Entitled, “[Am I the a**hole] to expect my husband to cook for us while he’s not working?” the post received nearly 6,000 upvotes and 4,000 comments in the last day.

“My husband broke his ankle and had to have surgery,” OP began. “He’s got a cast now and crutches…and he’s been home less than a week.”

Continuing to explain that the couple usually prepare meals together, the original poster stated that because her husband would be out of work for weeks, she told him that he would be responsible for cooking dinner, even if he didn’t. couldn’t walk.

The original poster’s husband agreed, but from the start it was clear that the arrangement would provide much more contention than contentment.

“On the first day, everything he did [was] scary grilled cheese and soup,” OP wrote. “I asked her to do something with more food like a baked dish with a side salad.”

“[He] argued and said he didn’t think he would be able to do something like that because he’s supposed to stay as far away from that foot as possible…and he brought up the pain,” OP continued “I reminded him that there were ways to have a good dinner, even with a broken ankle.

“He has his crutches, could bring a stool or a wheelchair into the kitchen, or put everything on the table and sit down to do the prep,” OP added. “Instead, he made chili in a slow cooker…[so] I ended up doing something for myself…and told him I was sick of him regardless of my wishes and feelings.”

Nearly 170,000 people in the United States suffer ankle fractures each year, according to data published by the National Library of Medicine.

Of these 170,000 fractures annually, only a small percentage require surgery to repair. But as with many common injuries, the more bones that are broken, the more likely an operation will be needed.

While some stress-related ankle fractures heal within weeks, surgically repaired ankles often result in longer and more arduous recovery processes and, according to the Cleveland Clinic, can take up to two years to fully heal.

Regardless of the severity, however, patients with ankle fractures are recommended not to bear weight on their injured leg during the early stages of recovery to avoid further damage or complications.

This means that even when someone is sidelined with a broken ankle and spends more time at home, their home workload should go down, not the other way around.

Members of Reddit’s r/AmITheA**hole forum have rushed to the defense of a man who was asked to cook multi-course dinners every night for the duration of his recovery from a broken ankle.
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Throughout the comments section of the viral Reddit post, Redditors echoed that sentiment, slamming the original poster to expect dinner nights from her hobbled hubby and turning their noses up at the multiple meals that he managed to prepare.

“[You’re the a**hole]”, wrote Redditor u/Terrible_Dentist3497 in the main comment of the post, which received over 19,000 upvotes. Also, he made dinner?!?”

“Exactly,” added Redditor u/Electric-Tea-2672. “He’s doing the best he can.”

Redditor u/Wedonttlkabout, whose comment received nearly 6,000 upvotes, warned of the potential dangers of cooking while injured and on crutches.

“The man is hurt,” they wrote. “How much do you expect from him?”

“It’s not safe to sit and cook,” they added. “God forbid the pot or anything hot to fall on him.”

In a separate comment, which received over 5,500 upvotes, Redditor u/DarthCharizard offered a similar answer.

“He came home from work recovering from surgery, but do you expect him to stay in the kitchen every night and bring you a multi-course meal?” they wondered.

Newsweek contacted u/InternationalPop2660 for comment.