Please note that the Caregiver Boot Camp scheduled for 11/11/17 is canceled
HALLOWEEN COSTUMES AT THE CLUBHOUSE
The members of the Clubhouse had a chance to show off their artistic talent at our Halloween party.
We could dress up any character that we wanted to and we were surprised how much the members put
into this project. There was a Marti Gras attendee that was dressed in a wild shirt with fancy stitching all
over it that covered the back, the arms, and all around the body. It was very festive and was topped
with three lays that he wore around his neck. One member wore a costume as the queen of hearts playing card. He even had a crown and face make up. Mary wore a large pointed with a band around
and a big red nose. Mario was dress as an American Flag with stars on his sleeves. There was even the
Grim Reaper all in black from head to foot. He was a very foreboding figure. The staff even dressed up
Dan was Super Mario, with baggie blue coveralls, a bright red shirt and large red hat. Joanne was Jack-
o-lantern with cat ears.
Not everyone dressed up for our party, but the fact all the present members, really threw themselves
into the party and thoroughly enjoyed festivities.
As I walked through the woods, I was surprised how thick the fog was. You could see any further than
about twenty feet in front of you. There was no wind, so the fog was going to stay for a while. I really did not know why I was out there. As I walked further down the path, my mind began to wander. I couldn’t help but think of weird thoughts, such as falling and not be able to get back onto my feet. Those thoughts did not go away as I continued on down the path. The sounds that I could hear while walking did not go away. Those sounds were earie and put me on alert as I continued. Suddenly, there was a huge crash of large branch breaking. It caught me by surprise and I jumped backwards.
Just a reminder, we are holding our caregiver support group this Saturday (10/14) from 10:30am-12:30pm. We highly encourage as many families as possible to attend! Attending the Caregiver Support Group is completely free.
November 11th is our Caregiver Boot Camp. The cost of this event is $15 per person. The Boot Camp starts at 9am and includes guest speakers and lunch. Speakers will be presenting topics regarding legal documents for aging or disabled individuals, special medical issues that may arise with a brain injury survivor, and self care.
The Clubhouse would like to invite to our Halloween party. It will be held on Halloween at the
Clubhouse. You can come in costume, but not necessary. There will be food, games, and conversation.
It will allow you to interact with the members. We have come a long way in making the Clubhouse a
place where members, staff and visitors will be welcome. We are proud of Clubhouse and want to show
it off. Please come and enjoy this chance to be part of our family.
Read a short creative writing piece from one of our members below:
As I walked down the path through the woods, my mind was in overdrive. The sky was cloudy, and there
a slight breeze blowing. The trees in forest were swaying back and forth slightly with a slight bend in
their shape. That movement, however slight it was, put my senses on alert. I continued walking along
the path and I noticed that there was a gentle breeze making its appearance. As that wind was blowing,
it made the leaves in the trees rustle, which gave the woods a sense of earyness. This only put me on
edge and made me nervous as I continued walking. All the sounds that were coming through the trees
seemed to enhance my imagination and put me at edge. I continued walking, when suddenly there was
loud crack and a huge branch broke off a tree and fell to the ground. It landed less than twenty feet
from me. Once I was sure the branch missed me and my heart started to beat again I continued my trek
through the woods. You never know what is going to happen when you venture out, but try to be aware
that anything might happen and try to aware of everything.
It was a warm evening, and the weather was co-operating. As you walked into the facility you were
greeted by one of the members. They directed you to the main room, where the gala was to be held. There were tables set all around the edge of the room, with all the items that were going to be auctioned off were located. They were easy to see and each item had a bid sheet by it so that who ever ever wanted to bid on that particular item. In the center of the room round tables that would accompany eight people each. Over in one corner of the room was a platform that any speakers would use. Before very long, the attendees started arriving and they directed where to go and encouraged to mingle around the hall and interact with all the attendees. While this was going on there were girls roaming around the room carrying appetizers for the attendees to sample. There was also a series of serving tables off to one side that were filled with finger food that we encouraged to try.
It was not very long, and the room filled up with people. It was a real joy to see that many people show
up and show a real interest in this project. Once every one was settled the evening program started. We
had a speaker that was a TBI survivor speak. He spoke about his life and experiences that he had happen to him. He seemed to be ease talking to that large group of people.
By Synapse House Member, Tom W.
When the days start to get longer, there is a strong yearning to take flight and head north. It is time to take off and head up to the northern territories of Canada. After flying nonstop for many hours she reaches the Northern Territories. Now that she has reached Canada, she looking for the perfect beaver pond where she hopes to start a family. After flying over marshes in the prairies she spots the perfect spot for her to raise a new family. She finds her mate and the two of them fly their courtship flight. They cement their relationship to each other they copulate many times. Once that is done, the female finds a perfect spot to construct her nest and line it with her own down which she pulls out of own breast and laid in down in her nest to keep her future eggs warm. She then copulates many more times with mate.
She then lays one egg a day until there is about a dozen eggs in her nest. All that time she will eat as much and often until she feels it is time for her work to begin. She then, very slowly and carefully settles down on her clutch of eggs and starts their incubation. She will not leave her nest for the next twenty-eight days. She leave the only to eat once a day. She will roll each egg individually several times a day. While she is doing that, she will cackle to each egg individual to imprint her unique sound of the gooseling that is developing in the egg. That way, her gooselings will know her when they hatch. It may sound the same to us, to those young gooselings, it will be the only voice they will respond to.
When the eggs hatch, her real work begins. If they all hatch, there will be a small flotilla of babies following her everywhere. They will always be hungry and on the move. It be her job, not only to keep them safe but also full. The faster they grow will decide whether they will survive the life that is in front of them.
Those small birds become a small eating machine that will devour insects, small fish and any seeds that they can put in their mouth. The goslings grow. Not only are constantly eating, they are constantly fighting with each other establishing their dominance over each other. These little wars will make able to co-exist with other geese and form the pecking order they need to survive.
It is amazing how fast they grow. In a few short weeks, they develop feathers, learn to fly, how to avoid danger, what they can eat, what they can do and not do. They are like small sponges engulfing all forms of information. As fall approaches and the days grow short, they get a yearning to take flight and head south.
They have survived the rigors of growing up in the spring and summer, it is now time for them to take flight and head south for the winter. There, they will try to relax and be warm and hopefully find a mate. Then, the whole process will start over again and another year has gone down in the books.
Story by Synapse House Member, Tom W.
A fun-filled evening of petiscos (Portugal’s version of tapas), unique Portuguese wines, & live music by Maracujazz Brazilian Jazz. 100% of ticket will be donated by Adelle’s Restaurant in Wheaton.
November 2nd, 2017
535 W Liberty Dr, Wheaton, IL 60187
Every day, many children watch as a parent goes off to a military assignment, often in dangerous situations. Most children will later welcome home their parents who served without incident. Others, however, will greet a parent who suffered a head injury, which changes all their lives. While brain injury is a complex topic, it is an unfortunate fact that certain types of brain injuries, which are all too common in military personnel, affect a person's behaviors such as mood and temper. A previously kind and loving parent may become irritable, short-fused and be intolerant of frustration after a brain injury. To a child, this change can be scary and overwhelming. Children may not understand why Mom or Dad is so different and may blame themselves for their parent's moodiness. With illustrations by Valerio Mazzoli, this book offers young readers practical coping tools to empower children to feel confident about themselves and become a more active participant in his or her injured parent's life.
9/11 movie was a very interesting movie to watch with Charlie Sheen acting in it. The movie showed the destruction of the World Trade Center and what happened on that day. It was alarming to know that so many deaths occurred on that day that will remain etched in the memories of the loved ones in New York . It was a very interesting movie to watch with some amazing actors and actresses. It was a really good movie. The destruction of the World Trade Center was pretty amazing to watch. Deep down, I hope that catastrophic event never repeats itself in the United States again. Seeing the tears of the families that lost so much on that day, it was very hurtful to me.
It brought back memories to me of that day in America, and all the phone calls I received from my family telling me to check on my uncle who lives in New York. It was a very tragic and unbelievable event that took place in New York for a very silly reason. I hope such a horrible event does not repeat itself again here in the United States of America.
It was very horrible what Osama Bin Laden did to the U.S.A. I pray that the Lord makes them pay back to the U.S.A. all they lost on that day.
I had a chance to go to the circus. While I was there, I wandered around the grounds looking something unusual. I went around the main tent and spotted them. There were three zebras tied to a hitching post. They were at ease, not being bothered by all the people running around. It is amazing that they how much they look like horses. In fact, they look just like horses with a multitude of stripes. The circus is one place where you can go and see all kinds of people. Rich, poor, white, black, and yellow, all are trying to escape this every day existence and take a walk on the wild side.