We have become friends with one of the guys that Gess works with and his family. They are from France and have been in the States for about 18 months. They have three kids ages 6, 4, 18 months. The kids absolutely LOVE Gessner (and like me too :) ) and have been wanting to see us, so we had planned to have a BBQ with them today. But since Gess is locked up, that was impossible. So they came here for a visit instead. I brought in KFC and we had a nice "picnic" and then went outside a little bit to play and then came in and colored for awhile. Gess is tired now, but I think that he really enjoyed seeing the kids and our friends.
Having visitors in the hospital is such a new experience for us, partially because we don't live near family and then also because Gess has never been comfortable having friends visit him here. I am personally very glad that he is becoming more open about it and letting more people in. It's nice to have company. Fortunately the people that have visited have been very comfortable and at ease with visiting (or at least appear to be). It didn't bother the kids today one bit to see Gess hooked up to an IV. When our friend was talking to the oldest about hospitals she was very matter of fact and just said that they are places for doctors to try to figure out what it wrong when someone is sick. I know that it was good for Gessner too. He is always afraid that people are going to think of him differently or treat him differently because of the CF. Because of that we are very selective of who we "let in" and it has made such a big difference.
Gess wanted me to bring him some "regular" clothes for when the friends came and I forgot, so I bought him a new outfit. Here's his new shirt :)