Horror at Tale of Woman Who Only Drank Coffee and Mountain Dew for 5 Years

A healthcare worker has shockingly revealed she worked with a patient who hadn't drunk any water in five years, saying it's more common than you think.

Mo, who describes herself as a physical therapist, shared a tweet to her account, under username @Covergirl53, as she recounted the horrifying tale.

Mo, whose profile indicates she's based in Houston, Texas, said: "I evaluated a patient today that hasn't drank water in over 5 years. Coffee and Mountain Dew. I was able to convince her to start drinking one cup a day. ONE. Healthcare makes me tired."

The tweet, posted on Tuesday, has since amassed more than 160,000 likes, and can be seen here, while it was also shared across Reddit.

"Oh boy... How do people live like this??" Redditor RoyalSocks captioned the image, which includes a now-deleted tweet from Mo. It said: "Her skin looks like crinkled up foil.

"And she stared at me like I was the crazy one. Entire body full of arthritis. No bottom teeth."

Mo posted follow-up Tweets, as well as responding to comments, as she shared more information.

"She's not the first patient I've had like this. I'm big on wellness when it comes to my patients, I don't play that. She said no doctor has ever asked her if she drank water. I can't fathom going a day without water," Mo wrote.

While she explained: "She said to me and I quote 'I'm always thirsty.' I just looked at her in disbelief. She's not the first either."

In response to Mizzo asking: "Why doesn't she drink water?" Mo replied: "She said it's nasty."

Numerous people revealed how much water they drank in the comments, as they debated education surrounding hydration.

Noeinan admitted: "Tbh I drink tea (rooibos, no caffeine) instead of water. I don't like the taste but everyone says I'm crazy and water doesn't have a taste. I'm sure I'm just more sensitive to the minerals in water tbh. Like ppl who taste cilantro as soap."

Vert commented: "This is an eye opener to me, seeing people's reactions. I drink approx. 8 mugs of coffee a day and 2 teas, for the last 20 years. I have a cold drink maybe once a fortnight max. I don't like cold drinks, and warm water is awful. You know what, I'm going to try hard, see what happens."

Wendy said: "I didn't drink water until I was 25 because my tap water was gross and I couldn't justify spending money on bottled when it wasn't a necessity."

Shaggs thought: "Probably the same reason people drank beer and ale over water —their water is bad. there are so many reasons why this is a common problem, and while I get it, it's also kind of sad."

King Kong Delicious wrote: "I can't go an hour w/o drinking water. To hear ppl say they don't drink it or it's nasty, truly disturbs & confuses me."

I was able to convince her to start drinking one cup a day. ONE."

EKW relied: "I am a senior and never tasted anything but water till I was a teen and then I had an occasional cup of black tea or coffee. Same to this day."

Yourwife Mymouth admitted: "My friend's mom claims she can't drink water or it upsets her stomach. She wakes up every day and drinks a Pepsi first thing for the caffeine."

"How is her kidney function ? There's no way she doesn't have a lot of kidney stones," @ananniebiotic asked.

C. revealed: "I had patient say the reason she doesn't drink water is because it doesn't have any flavor."

In response to many people's admissions, Mo advised people to try adding lemons or cucumbers to their water for some flavor.

While in follow-up tweets she said: "I have stories for days, honestly, my job should be a movie. Please make sure y'all grandparents are drinking water and not just pots of coffee. I have a man that drinks 11 cups a day..."

While there's no definitive amount an adult should drink each day, as Harvard Medical School says: "The daily four-to-six cup rule is for generally healthy people.

"But even a healthy person's water needs will vary, especially if you're losing water through sweat because you're exercising, or because you're outside on a hot day."

Water has many benefits, as they explained it aids digestion, helps cushion joints, regulates body temperature and helps carry nutrients to cells.

If you don't drink enough you could become dehydrated, as the site added: "Warning signs of dehydration include weakness, low blood pressure, dizziness, confusion, or urine that's dark in color."

While drinks that contain caffeine, alcohol and sugar do count towards your overall fluid consumption, they're not the same as drinking water.

"Remember, sugary drinks can lead to weight gain and inflammation, which can increase your risk for developing diseases such as diabetes. Too much caffeine can give you the jitters or keep you from sleeping," the site added.

Newsweek reached out to Mo for comment.

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