A Texas healthcare worker was shocked by the poor health and horrible condition of a woman who had told her she had not had one sip of water in five years, drinking only coffee and Mountain Dew to quench her thirst!
“Mo,” he describes herself as a physical therapist, shared the story on social media. “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.”
Mo’s tweet, which was posted last week, 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.
Mo also related how the woman, “…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 responded 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 user “Mizzo” asking, “Why doesn’t she drink water?” Mo replied, “She said it tastes nasty.”
Numerous people revealed how much water they drank in the comments, as they debated education surrounding hydration.
A commenter named “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.”
“Shaggs” shared this 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.”
On the other hand, 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.”
Another healthcare worker identified only as “C.” shared, “I had a patient say the reason she doesn’t drink water is because it doesn’t have any flavor.”
In response to “C.’s” comment and so many people’s aversion to the taste or lack thereof of water, Mo advised people to try adding lemons or cucumbers to their water for some flavor.
In follow-up tweets, Mo 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, but no water…”
While there’s no definitive amount of water, an adult should drink each day, as Harvard Medical School says, “The daily four-to-six cup rule is for generally healthy people.”
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.