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A True Premonition

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How often do you ignore a dream, dismiss it as fantasy and then see echoes of the dream around you the following day? What if a dream were the forewarning of what will become your reality; if you are being told within the world of a dream what may occur in the near or distant future, but your mind mangles the truth and information so much that you discard it as fiction?”
Samantha Robertson, Floor 88

I do believe that a lot of things happen just by chance. But something happened to me back in 1995 that could not possibly be coincidence. There is absolutely no reasonable explanation for what occurred on that day. I now believe that premonitions do occur, but I have no explanation as to why.

I was working as a cytogenetic technologist in 1995.  Basically, I was looking for genetic defects in blood and amniotic fluid samples by looking through a microscope at chromosomes.  Each chromosome has a specific pattern, and if there are any alterations in the pattern, this could indicate a genetic problem in the patient.  I was running a very specific test called fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH).  An amniotic fluid specimen came in from a pregnant woman who had an abnormal ultrasound, and the chromosome analysis showed an abnormal pattern.  My director asked me to run FISH to help determine what rearrangements had taken place.  If there is a genetic abnormality in an amniotic fluid specimen, typically what is seen involves two breaks, maybe three.  So, I set up FISH on this specimen but I had to wait until the next morning to read the results.

That night, I had a dream that I had processed this specimen and examined it under the microscope only to discover that chromosome 6 had broken up into small pieces.  When I woke up, I just laughed.  “Wow,” I thought. “I’ve been doing this job way too long!”  Although my dream was very vivid and I remembered it clearly, it just wasn’t possible.  A chromosome 6 couldn’t break that many times in an amniotic fluid specimen!  I really thought I had lost my mind.  Just laughing it off, I got ready for work.  When I got there, I proceeded to process that sample.  When finished, I put the slide under the microscope and turned the knob to bring the chromosomes into focus.  And lo and behold, I was looking at little pieces of a broken chromosome 6!  I pushed my chair back and could barely breathe.  My co-worker saw this and asked me what was wrong, and I proceeded to tell him my story.

“The chromosome 6 is in multiple pieces!”

“What?  No way……let me see.”  He looked into the scope and he couldn’t believe it!

“I’m pretty sure I had a premonition!  Oh, wow, this is so weird.  My heart is beating out of my chest!”

So we went to our director and told her the story.  This kind of rearrangement had never been documented at that time.  I don’t know the outcome of this pregnancy, but I do know it was a true premonition.  First of all, this kind of rearrangement has never been seen before.  Secondly, I specifically saw a broken chromosome 6.  There are 22 pairs of chromosomes plus the X and Y chromosomes.  The fact that I even saw the correct chromosome in my dream is, in my opinion, beyond coincidence.  I’ve had things happen in my life that can be explained, but this one event cannot be explained in any way, shape or form.  Why did I have this premonition?  I have absolutely no idea, but it certainly was an interesting experience!  All I know for sure now is that premonitions do actually occur.

Have you had a premonition?  I’d love to hear your story!

 

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