In 2015, Rob Rainer, then 54, spent 2 months, including 4 weeks on a ventilator in a coma, hospitalized with a rare and usually deadly strain of pneumonia. During much of this time, he lived in a horrifying delirium of hallucinations and nightmares, which forced the ICU staff to restrain him and ICU staff safe.
Rob had 3 surgeries to repair herniated disks in his neck and lower back, which were damaged while he struggled against his restraints. He left the hospital 75 pounds lighter, with scarred lungs, cataracts, hearing loss, thyroid cancer, and a full range of PICS symptoms including the repercussions of delirium +.
A few months after leaving the ICU, Rob tried to return to work, eager to resume his old life. But as he sat down at his desk, the former hard-driving, multitasker found he couldn’t stay on track. Phone conversations left him overwhelmed, and he was baffled by a computer program he himself had developed.
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Forced to abandon his 30-year successful, law practice, and business career+, Rob now volunteers at 2 non-profits that he and his wife formed, PostICU, Inc. and North American Help Services Alliance, Inc. Rob is a professor at an International University, he teaches in both the MBA and DBA program. Rob is on sabbatical. ++.
Rob earned a BA from Brandeis University in Philosophy, and a law degree from Suffolk University Law School. He and his wife, Noelle, a psychologist, live in Hudson, New Hampshire.
+ Boston Globe, April 25, 2020, Surviving ventilators, only to find lives diminished, Amid widespread use for coronavirus, breathing machines’
++ Rainer was the recipient of a 2020 ACBSP Teaching Excellence Award
PostICU as of July 2021 is a division of North American Help Services Alliance, Inc. a 501(c)3 nonprofit in good standing and based in New Hampshire.