Take an active role in your treatment. There are many things you can do to help ensure that you are getting the most out of your treatment: -Use the total amount of dialysis fluid for the full sampling time prescribed for you. -If you are receiving this treatment at home, be sure to perform all of your treatment steps exactly as you were taught. -Check your blood pressure, pulse, and weight daily. -Check the appearance of your dialysate each time you drain used fluid. -Follow the recommended diet. If you are having any problems, ask your kidney dietitian for help. -Do not exceed your fluid quotas, because if you exceed it, it can cause swelling, shortness of breath, and increased blood pressure. -Avoid salty foods to avoid exacerbating the sensation of thirst. -Take all of your medications just as prescribed. -If you havekidney failure, you will probably have anemia. Treating anemia has important health benefits, including increased energy level, improved quality of life, decreased chance of heart problems, and increased exercise ability.