As a nurse I managed to keep my composed when I've just met baby Melina

(73 Posts)
BotoxBitch Fri 11-Jul-14 21:55:08

Should I say something???? Not that close a friend, but a friend nevertheless

WhereAreMyGlasses Fri 11-Jul-14 21:56:41

What's wrong with Melina?

GiantIsopod Fri 11-Jul-14 21:56:41

Why? I've met a few Melinas before... Don't see what's wrong with it?

RabbitSaysWoof Fri 11-Jul-14 21:57:22

I dont get it.

Pooka Fri 11-Jul-14 21:57:52

I know a Melina. She's Greek. What's wrong with it?

Wincher Fri 11-Jul-14 21:59:24

I know a couple of Milenas - this isn't that different.

stickygotstuck Fri 11-Jul-14 22:00:05

Was going to ask the same! Perfectly good name.

Melina Mercouri, anyone?

lotsofcheese Fri 11-Jul-14 22:00:10

I know it's similar to malaena, but I wouldn't say anything.

BotoxBitch Fri 11-Jul-14 22:00:21

Medically it means faeces that has blood in. Spelt Melena at work but I honestly couldn't believe it. I didn't realise it was a name

Bithurt Fri 11-Jul-14 22:00:50

If they've already named their baby I wouldn't mention it.

goshdarnit Fri 11-Jul-14 22:00:58

Bloody hell! grin
It's a name that has an alternate meaning in health care.
We've all walked on the ward and said is everything ok, I can smell maleana...

BotoxBitch Fri 11-Jul-14 22:01:51

I spent my first couple of years working on a gastrointestinal ward, Melena was referred to numerous times a shift

ForTheBants Fri 11-Jul-14 22:02:06

It makes me immediatlely think of my old dog, who suffered from melena.

palindromicnumer Fri 11-Jul-14 22:02:27

Melina when pronounced Meh-lee-nah, it's a lovely name. Greek name. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melina_Mercouri

coppertop Fri 11-Jul-14 22:03:07

But non-medical people would surely only think of it as a Greek name? confused

usualsuspectt Fri 11-Jul-14 22:03:17

It's not spelt the same though. confused

HelloLA Fri 11-Jul-14 22:04:36

It's an actual name, though. Greek origin. The poo issue only transpires if you Google Melina+medical and it diverts to melena.

Don't say anything! Almost no one else will make the association. No point ruining it for the parents.

Madratlady Fri 11-Jul-14 22:04:58

That's always the first thing that comes to mi d for me too Op. I also met a Candida once.

BotoxBitch Fri 11-Jul-14 22:05:01

Part of me thinks if it was me, and I found out later, and then knew my friend knew but didn't say anything would be incredibly pissed off. If there's one thigh you don't want your child associated with it's blood stained poo sad

Didactylos Fri 11-Jul-14 22:06:26

oh dear
but I used to know an indian HCP called Melena (correct spelling)
Amelia gets me too

BotoxBitch Fri 11-Jul-14 22:06:30

Hey don't confused me I'm here for advice, it was the first thing that come to my mind and was asking if it did the same

annielewis Fri 11-Jul-14 22:06:32

Ha, I've met a few and had a little private snigger but as others have said its a traditional Greek name ( and other nationalities too but can't think right now)

I'm a nurse and have always assumed that non medical folk are just nicely oblivious.....

Wickeddevil Fri 11-Jul-14 22:09:29

No I've had a quiet snigger or too before now, and I've met a couple of Melina/Melenas
Same as I could never live in a rose cottage.

AdoraBell Fri 11-Jul-14 22:09:53

Maybe as a nurse you are more aware than the average person?

I know a Melina, Colombian, but had never heard of melena until this thread.

BOFster Fri 11-Jul-14 22:11:07

Ok, you're going to have to explain rose cottage to me...

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