Afternoon all, and a lovely sunny one it is.
The vet yesterday said she's sure it is a barbed wire wound to Betty's face. She said the raw bare patch, hidden as it is within her wrinkly skin folds, is the perfect environment for infection to fester - warm, moist and airless, there was already some infection forming. She assured me I did the right thing in taking her quickly. Antibiotic tablets and antibacterial cream given, £58 lighter of pocket but I don't care what it costs. She seems brighter this afternoon....she was quite subdued yesterday.
To answer some comments - Gemma's Person, thank you for the corn starch (cornflour here in the UK) tip, I'll remember that for the future.
Briony, I'm glad Rupert is better, our furry family do give us worries as well as joy don't they? I can't take ibuprofen or naproxen, I have an adverse reaction to them, so it has to be codeine plus the nasty orange drink. At least the stronger codeine does help me sleep.
Annabeth, no husband wasn't measured or given any instruction for crutches - the hospital didn't supply any (cutbacks presumably), I had to buy them myself. He's having a look on YouTube for demos, I've also tried them out myself and shown him how (and it really isn't that easy when you've never had to use them before! But I'm sure practise makes perfect).
Joy, for various reasons, I'm the only one who can walk Betty, it's just a case of getting on with it. It's ok when the weather is reasonable, not so good when it's raining and the field is very muddy indeed. She is actually quite well behaved with me, more so than with husband, except when she sees prey!
Thank you everyone for your comments, we're getting there slowly, and with help from lovely friends and neighbours.