This post is the second installment of a handful of stories about close calls on the road less traveled. The first was called Tavarua Free Fall, about a traumatic experience including a life-flight from Tavarua to Australia. This one is about getting leveled by an insect with a hypodermic needle for a face.
A few years ago I contracted the dengue virus while crashing in a shack on the beach at Desert Point, Lombok. I was lucky enough to make it to Bali during the diseases incubation period, a few days before my body showed any signs of infection.