Not only did we have a lovely night away in a hotel with a huge, delicious dinner (I will never eat again) but Mr Spouse also had a positive appointment with his specialist today. His test results are going in the right direction (i.e. down) so they will continue to monitor but no nasty investigations and no serious worry at the moment. Obviously it would be better if there had never been any concern in the first place but this is the best outcome we could have had right now.
It is still not completely ideal so we think this is not a certainty from the point of view of the agency but it's looking a lot more positive.
I now anticipate wobbles from Mr Spouse ("can we cope with two?") and to a slight extent me ("is this really the right time, especially for work?").