So I'd say the problem was definitely fleas! Her sores are almost completely healed up with just one application of flea powder! I'll give her another application tomorrow night which is one week after the first. The type I bought was the kind recommended by Dr. Benoit which was any type that had 5% carboryl - which was Zodiac flea powder which I bought at Global pets for $7.99 (the vet visit with the drugs and the consultation was about $120 - and it was $8.00 that cured her...imagine!)
So now I have to start thinking about a companion for her now that she's getting healthy. A breeder has been super gracious and offered to give me 2 babies from a litter that's due to be born any day, but I've been thinking about that and I don't know if I can do it. I really think that I can only take another adult who needs a home like Mrs Dingle did. Every other animal in this house came here because they had no where else to go - why should the rats be any different? I wouldn't feel comfortable taking in a non-rescue animal, truthfully. So I think I'll be contacting Pebbles rescue and waiting for something to come in through there. I hope the breeder lady will understand my change of heart.
I also moved her cage out to the living room tonight - it had been in the den/craft room - but now it's right next to the computer, so hopefully she'll like being right in the middle of everything. Hopefully it won't be too over-arousing for her and she can handle all the goings-on. It's also next to a window. If it's too much I'll put her back, but I don't want her to become too timid and afraid of stuff by being in too quiet of an area. Especially if she's going to get a sister soon!
"My, my - I've got popcorn everywhere - my favourite!"
You can see now there's just bald patches with little bits of pink in the middle of them!
Isn't it amazing how fast they can heal once you figure out what's wrong!