Thelma Meadows is looking forward to relaxing after a few parties in honour of her 90th birthday.IVY WISE February 24, 2014 4:41am
Spending months in hospital and respite for a torn cartilage, Echuca’s Thelma Meadows was determined to get home in time for her 90th birthday on Thursday.
And she made it — eight days before the milestone.
She celebrated it with friends on Thursday at Rich River Golf Club Resort and yesterday with family.
‘‘I packed my bags on February 12 and I went home,’’ she said.
‘‘I like my birthday and I was sure going to be home for it.
‘‘I know what I want and I know how to get it.’’
Mrs Meadows tore cartilage in her knee in November as she was getting off a bus.
The normally healthy and active widow spent 10 days in Echuca hospital and was then sent to Bendigo, before having an operation on her knee on January 31.
‘‘I’ve never had anything wrong with me since I had my tonsils out when I was 23,’’ she said.
Although she has to use a walker to get around, Mrs Meadows is determined it will not be for long.
‘‘It’s going back in the shed when I start walking again. I’ve got things to do,’’ she said.
Being so active and sociable are likely the secrets to her longevity.
‘‘Living a good life, having fun and dancing,’’ she said. ‘‘I really enjoy mixing with people.’’
Mrs Meadows shared her love of dance with her late husband Harry, who died two years ago.
She has two sons, Doug, who lives in Perth, and Brian, who lives in Echuca, as well as ‘‘many grandchildren and great-grandchildren’’.
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