Nah, if it is just the upper GI barium series w/SBFT the only "prep" is NPO after midnight or maybe a little earlier if it is a real early morning procedure. You get to have the barium as your "snack" or "breakfast". Aren't you lucky?? Interesting what they hope to see if you had the CTE w/contrast already.
Am I misunderstanding?? You have "mixed" company in your hospital "ward" room? Here in the states there are private rooms, semi-private rooms and ward rooms. Never mixed sexes in the semi-privates and wards tho. Or did you mean the lady "across the hall" rather than just across from you?
Roast beef for your first low residue meal???? Interesting. Usually it is chicken or turkey as the first meat reintroduced and beef the last. (I love my BEEF, and STEAK! - However, forget steak in the hospital. I like my thick and juicy and tender and only done medium, leave that last little tinger of pink in the center).
Gads! I remember my first soft bland meal after some 7-8 weeks on nothing but IV fluids the two days of jello so sweet it tasted like melted sugarr and boullion so salty it tasted like brine and BOTH made me nauseous and vomit. I had to beg, cry, throa a fit and beg some more to get some REAL food! That first bland meal was scrambled eggs, no salt, no pepper, no nuttin' but scrambled eggs. DELICIOUS. I woofed them down and begged for more. I'm not a poultry fan but when they brought me that chicken breast I thought I had died and gone to heaven! I even insisted they bring me a second one! And I ATE IT too! No salt, no pepper, no nuttin', just roasted, skinless chicken breast. Chicken has NEVER tasted so good. I was ravenous!! (Are you REALLY, REALLY hungry now? *wicked grin*)
Some people are like Slinkies... Not really good for anything, but they still bring a smile to your face when you push them down a flight of stairs.