That's all great news. Like others have said, the door has been opened, just be ready for HIM to unload a few burdens as well. Always remember that this meeting is for your sake, even if he has a tale to tell. You did say it was for mutual healing...
Women...yes, they are complicated creatures. The "monthly thing" is stil a bit of a mystery to me. I know it is supposed to be worst in the third week. Still, I'm always caught by surprise when my loving wife becomes a shrew during this time. After it passes, she has said before, "How can you stand to be around me when I can't even stand myself?" I just smile at her.
"His voice rose under the black smoke before the burning wreckage of the island; and infected by that emotion, the other little boys began to shake and sob too. And in the middle of them....Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart…”. -----William Golding