The case involves a female author who began feeling neck pain while traveling to promote her new book. After experiencing the neck pain for a week, she presented to the hospital with severe pain, low-grade fever, and altered mental state. The author was prescribed a muscle relaxant and a steroid for pain relief and was discharged from the hospital. The author’s condition continued to worsen over the next few days. She checked back into the hospital three days later and was immediately diagnosed with meningitis. This resulted in a prolonged and complicated ICU course for the author. She remains ventilator dependent. An infectious disease expert was sought to opine on the causality between a delay in treating meningitis and a patient’s difficult clinical course.