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Tyson was born by emergency c-section at 26 weeks gestation November 1st, 2012 at 15 oz. and 10" long. Because of his prematurity, he has developed severe Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia and Pulmonary Hypertension. This site chronicles his victory over challenges brought by his very early birth.
Tyson is named after one of the greatest champions of all time, Mike Tyson. We knew that Tyson would have an incredible fight for his life, and no one with the name Tyson could ever be weak. Tyson is our champion.
Friday, Tyson got constipated and very gassy. So, the team stopped his feeds for 12 hours and gave him pedialyte instead. This helped a lot, but he was still pretty gassy. His irritable bowls was causing him to dry heave frequently. As a result, they've had to increase his flow. It's also a little hard to breathe when your belly is distended with trapped gas. After Friday night, he was able to stay within the 0.5-1 liter range of oxygen. He's going longer stretches on 0.5 liters. Tyson is a little puffy, which usually is a sign of him retaining fluid because of his pulmonary hypertension. Nevertheless, his blood gasses continue to improve.
Today we finally found the source of Tyson's constipation and puffiness. He cut 2 teeth today! Now Tyson has 8 teeth. I wish that teething didn't prolong his NICU stay. Now for all the books that claim that teething doesn't cause fever, constipation, or other signs of being sick, I have documentation that shows that this is not the case.
After talking with one of Tyson's primaries, it does not look like Tyson is coming home this month. I'm starting to get a little frustrated because in my view, he would do just fine right now at home. He's ready. But the team won't let him come home until he stays on 0.5 liters nearly all the time while awake for a week or longer. It could take months to get to that point. Ugh