This study explored the lived experiences of parents with a child undergoing hemodialysis. Specifically, it aimed to identify the predicaments encountered concerning emotional, social, socio-economic, and spiritual aspect of care.
Purposive network sampling technique and site selection sampling were utilized in chosing the eight (8) participants. Unstructured face to face interview using open-ended interview guide was used to gather the parents experiences. The Collaizi's 7-step method of data analysis was used.
RESULTS, ANALYSIS AND DISCUSSION:
Findings presented two categories were extracted that made up the lived experiences. Foremost category was (1) "Life Unplugged", and (2) "Life Plugged".
(1) "Life unplugged" has five main themes: "A Parent's Love", "A Parent's Vocation", "A Parent's Spirit", "A Parent's Emotion", and "A Parent's Call". "A Parent's Love" has two sub-themes which are "Tough Love" and "Tender Love. "A Parent's Call for Help" encompasses two sub-themes namely: "Liable Decision" and "Increase Price of Living".
(2) "Life Plugged", the last category has four themes which are "A Parents Concern"; "A Parent's Stronghold"; "A Parent's Bane"; and "A Parent's Prayer". "A Parents Concern" has two sub-themes which are "Flow of Feelings" and "Long Cord of Acceptance". "A Parent's Bane" has two subthemes namely: "Sources for Pay" and "Needs over Wants".
Based on the finding, the following inferences were drawn: Hemodialysis affects parents emotionally, socially, economically, and spiritually; Parents go through five process of griefwhich are Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance (DABDA); Family tend to give support and advice so they play an important role in hemodialysis experience; Hemodialysis affects the family's finances; and Spiritual practices help along parents with feelings of hope, gratitude, and compassion