I am so naive...dense...obtuse...
Me: Have you talked to anyone about getting an advance on your sick leave?
PD: Yes. You have to be able to pay it back.
PD: Well, the doctor isn't willing to write that guarantee at this time.
Me: *Confused* What do you mean?
PD: Not if I DIE.
Me: *Aghast* Eyes growing huge* Oh my goodness! I thought you meant you had to be able to pay it back financially.
PD: Well, yes. Financially, meaning that I am alive to work. And the doctors don't know at this point what my outcome will be.
Me: *shoulders sagging* Oh.