For a man who spent three weeks in intensive care recovering from a skull fracture, retired Cordley custodian Don Varnau, 64, looked pretty good recently at his Lawrence home.
No bandages, bruises, or apparent ill effects were visible less than two months after Varnau was flown by air ambulance to Kansas University Hospital after suffering critical injuries in a Nov. 14 collision with an SUV near 11th and Kentucky streets.
The driver of the SUV that hit Varnau was not ticketed and did not show any signs of impairment, according to police.
Varnau said he doesn't remember much from the accident, and little from the first week in the hospital. He faded in and out of consciousness in those early days.
"That's what they tell me," joked Varnau.
Varnau — who retired from Lawrence Public Schools in 2011 — was released from the hospital earlier this month. He kept in frequent contact with the Lawrence Bicycle Club, giving updates on his health.
He said he's expected to make a full recovery, and admits he's getting a little antsy "taking it easy," per doctor's orders
An avid and experienced bicyclist, Varnau said he's looking forward to riding again soon.
"Just waiting for warmer weather," he said.