Wife Ripped for Demanding Husband Cook After Surgery: 'He Has His Crutches'

Thousands of internet commenters called out one woman who demanded her hobbled husband prepare full-course meals for the duration of his recovery.

In a viral Reddit post published on r/AmITheA**hole, Redditor u/InternationalPop2660 (otherwise referred to as the original poster, or OP) said her husband is recovering from a severely broken ankle and expressed her disappointment with his inability to rise to her dining standards.

Titled, "[Am I the a**hole] for expecting my husband to cook for us while he's not working?" the post has 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 has a cast for now and crutches...and has been home less than a week."

Continuing to explain that the couple usually cooks meals together, the original poster said that because her husband will be out of work for weeks, she told him he'd be responsible for preparing dinner, despite not being able to walk.

The original poster's husband obliged, but from the very beginning, it was clear the arrangement would provide much more contention than contentment.

"The first day all he made [was] freaking grilled cheese and soup," OP wrote. "I asked him to do something with more sustenance like a baked dish with a side salad."

"[He] argued and said he didn't think he'd be able to do something like that because he's supposed to be staying off that foot as much as possible...and he brought up pain," OP continued. "I reminded him that there were ways to make a good dinner, even with a broken ankle.

"He has his crutches, could bring a stool or rolling chair into the kitchen, or get everything to the table and sit to do prep," OP added. "Instead, he made chili in a slow cooker...[so] I wound up making something for myself...and told him how I was getting fed up with him disregarding my wishes and feelings."

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

Of those 170,000 annual fractures, only a small percentage require surgery to repair. But like with many common injuries, the more bones that are broken, there is a greater likelihood that an operation will be necessary.

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

Regardless of severity, however, it is recommended that patients dealing with ankle fractures keep all weight off their injured leg during the primary stages of recovery to ensure no further damage or complications.

This means that, even when someone is sidelined because of an ankle fracture and spending more time in the house, their at-home workload should decrease—not the opposite.

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Members of Reddit's r/AmITheA**hole forum rushed to the defense of one man who was asked to make multi-course dinners every night for the duration of his recovery from a broken ankle. Robin Gentry/iStock / Getty Images Plus

Throughout the comment section of the viral Reddit post, Redditors echoed this sentiment, slamming the original poster for expecting nightly dinners from her hobbled husband and turning up her nose at the multiple meals he was successful in preparing.

"[You're the a**hole]," Redditor u/Terrible_Dentist3497 wrote in the post's top comment, which has received more than 19,000 upvotes. "He should be off his foot as much as possible. Also, he made dinner?!?"

"Exactly," Redditor u/Electric-Tea-2672 added. "He's doing the best he can."

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

"The man is injured," they wrote. "How much do you expect him to do?

"It's not safe to sit and cook," they added. "God forbid the pot or something hot falls on him."

In a separate comment, which has received more than 5,500 upvotes, Redditor u/DarthCharizard offered a similar response.

"He's home from work because he's recovering from surgery, but you expect him to stand in the kitchen every night and bring you a multi-course meal?" they questioned.

Newsweek reached out to u/InternationalPop2660 for comment.