Appearances can be deceptive. Outwardly, to the bystander, I'm the smiling, friendly blonde lady who is confident in herself and still retains an appearance of youthfulness and some of the good looks she had in her late teens to mid thirties. The smile is aided by partial dentures now, but otherwise it is still just as broad and genuine as it always was before my operation.
"Sometimes my brain skips a beat" is definitely a good way to describe what happens when someone suffers an overload of a stressful situation, whether on the autism spectrum or not. A powerful and moving post.