In January and February of 2015, Rainer was an inpatient in two New Hampshire hospital ICUs for a total of 2 months, 4 weeks of which were spent in a coma. Having developed a number of PICS symptoms in the months following his lengthy ICU stay, Rainer had the good fortune of being introduced to Drs. Weinhouse and Lamas, who he was told by a friend were involved both in researching and treating PICS. patients.
Despite a limited capacity to work, because of Rainer's experience working with non-profits and his personal knowledge of what it is like to be a patient in an ICU, he was kindly offered a part-time position consulting for After the ICU. Rainer provides advice and guidance on a number of issues which he hopes will advance the development of AICU into a meaningful resource for PICS patients.