When I was working my first job, I had a lady who was scheduled for a routine hystie, she knew she had a benign tumor about the size of a cantalope, she knew it had to be removed, it had grown to this size in 3 months. As I was doing the preop prep that evening, she started crying, I spoke to her, she said her mother had visited her earlier and told her not to have the surgery the next day. I could not calm her down, so I called her daughter, her daughter said her grandmother had died 5 years before. When I spoke with the patient, she said yes, but she knew her mother was giving her a warning. I called the doctor, he got mad because it was late, told me to sedate her after her prep was finished. I offered the patient the sedative after she finished with her last enema result, she refused and stated she had writing to do. The next morning , the gourney would not steer easily into the room, finally when she walked to the gourney, it was difficult to steer down the hall. When the elevator doors opened, the gourney would not be pushed onto it. It took 6 people to get that gourney onto the elevator. For some reason the patient asked me to ride to the surgery unit with her, I did, I told her she could refuse, she said "no, I am ready." Just one hour into the surgery, her heart stopped. She could not be revived and they tried. Day shift stated daughter went blastic and started screaming " staff killed her mother." I was talked to by the doctor, the HN, and the administrator. Told then exactly what happened, then they told me writing patient did was her will and a letter. She said she knew she was going to die, took care of all of her bequests, remembered friends, and lastly thanked me for being kind and not dismissing her statement. I learned then, when a patient makes this kind of statement, treat it very seriously. I have called many a doctor since then, told them of patient's feeling of unease, and requested they come and talk to patient, some doctor's do this and some don't. But I NEVER ignore a statement like this.
I have lots more of these stories, but you always remember the first incident best.