From the October 2007 magazine.

Step Ten:up Close And Personal

Spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical inventories

I don't like going to doctors. But this sponsor of mine has a rule: if it bleeds, swells, or hurts for more than twenty-four hours, call a doctor.

So, "Call your doctor," was his suggestion when, one day, I casually mentioned a dull pain around my right ear, an annoyance more than anything, although at times it throbbed a bit. And no, I didn't know why it was hurting, though I thought it might have had something to do with swimming a couple days earlier and, yes, it had been going on for a few days.

I've heard that some people do what their sponsors suggest at breakneck...

-- Jamie C.

West Henrietta, New York