Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

More broken here than your ankle

  • Print

DEAR MISS LONELYHEARTS: I'm so (flipping) mad! I broke my ankle and my husband refuses to "wait on" me. I've waited on him for 21 years in our old-fashioned marriage. We have no kids, so I've directed my whole life towards cooking, baking and cleaning for him, not to mention all the time and effort I have put in, catering to his unusual sexual whims. Get this: He still expects me to limp to the kitchen and cook his big manly man dinner every night, just like before. If I don't cook, there's no dinner. He goes off to a restaurant and I eat a cold sandwich. He's in construction and works early mornings. I'm not going to get up at 5 a.m., use my crutches to limp down the hall and make his bacon and eggs. He goes to McDonald's drive-thru. I'm having the groceries sent in as he won't get them and we live in a three-storey walk-up. Does he not know how bored I am with nothing but soaps all day? I can't even go to the casino with my girlfriends. He says the fact I've totally stopped working at home shows I'm nothing but a leech. Do you think he's just mad because the sex stopped? -- Broken Ankle, Winnipeg

Dear Broken Ankle: What's really going on? Are you thinking of this as payback time? Clearly, he's angry because you don't want any kind of sex and you've totally stopped helping at home, using the ankle excuse. Why can't you use your crutches? Most people do. Is this now your excuse to sit and do nothing but watch the soaps? Broken limbs and crutches aren't fun -- been there, done that -- but they work and you may soon have a walking-boot cast instead. Look, you and I both know, you can easily throw meat and veggies in the oven or a low cooker for your husband's dinner. If you really want to go out, you can learn to do the steps on crutches. And, I found out myself, coming down steps on your bottom is quite easy. Sex on a comfy bed is totally possible, if you really want to, but you don't. What's up with that?

Dear Miss Lonelyhearts: This is for Not My Fault, the menopausal lady considering moving out of the bedroom. My menopause started at age 49, and at age 82 there is no significant improvement, but don't be discouraged. This is not a disease, nor are you in pain. Yes it's a damn nuisance, but you can adjust with the right attitude. My flashes are never more than two hours apart and sometimes less. They will not stop me from doing things I want to do, like dancing three times a week, and my life is very good. Tell your husband to suck it up -- it isn't him who's putting up with it. A wet face cloth by your bed helps at night. -- Great Grandmother, Winnipeg

Dear Great: How about you? You shouldn't have 33 years of hot flashes and certainly not two or three hours apart! If you want to get rid of your flashes, a visit to a gynecologist could probably change that scenario for you in a hurry. Or are you past caring about it? Want a little help? Check out 10 carefully considered products at a consumers website for menopause treatments at

Questions or comments? Please email or send letters c/o Miss Lonelyhearts, 1355 Mountain Ave., Winnipeg, MB, R2X 3B6

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 4, 2013 A15

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes


  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.


Make text: Larger | Smaller


Andrew Ladd talks about his injury

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • A Great Horned Owl that was caught up in some soccer nets in Shamrock Park in Southdale on November 16th was rehabilitated and returned to the the city park behind Shamrock School and released this afternoon. Sequence of the release. December 4, 2012  BORIS MINKEVICH / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS
  • Carolyn Kavanagh(10) had this large dragonfly land on her while spending time at Winnetka Lake, Ontario. photo by Andrea Kavanagh (mom0 show us your summer winnipeg free press

View More Gallery Photos


What do you think of the government's announcement that there will be no balanced provincial budet until 2018?

View Results

Ads by Google