The problem isn't going away and since that whole "I can never die" plan of mine isn't going to pan out like I had hoped, it was time we tackled THE HAND DRYER OF DOOM!!!! (cue the dramatic music)
In an effort to save the planet for our kids, science created a hand dryer for the public bathrooms of the world. Unfortunately, in order for it to work it must contain a motor in it that sounds like Satan's screams from the bowels of Hell.
And it's not enough to simply tell the lad, "Oh, just wipe your hands on your pants.". All it took was hearing some stranger using it once in the restroom for him to be scared shitless at the mere sight of them. So that doesn't work. Not to mention he's getting older and seeing as I am a "she", he now has started going into the men's room by himself. (With me standing in the doorway speaking loudly to all in there that "Mom is RIGHT OUTSIDE. You call if you need help and fellas you don't have anything I haven't seen before." So yeah, I will have no qualms about walking in there if need be.)
So what did work? A hair dryer. Yep, you read that correctly. Kiddo's former teacher "Mrs. M." is one smart lady and she started using one on the kids hands after they washed up at school. Now, I can't say he's in love with the thing but she got him to learn how to tolerate it. That's all a girl like me could want. The day she emailed me this picture from a class trip to the mall made me sob. Like full on ugly cry.
Miracles can happen. Even in the bathroom.
The Exlator brand! I know you know what a big deal that one is. Hella Loud!
BUT just when you think it was safe to go back into the bathroom, check out this muthatrucker.
"Hey, her autistic kid finally got over the fear of the hand dryer. We better take that idea and LEVEL UP!"
I saw this in the restroom at the movies and noticed that no other women were using it. There were also paper towels and I watched lady after lady walk right past this thing. Happy to go use a paper towel and kill a tree. There are limits to social awareness to environmental issues. This thing crosses that line even for the neurotypical people.
There are some things that even a side of fries can't fix. This new hand dryer is one of them. I'd tell it to "Blow me" if I wasn't so deathly afraid of it. ;-)