It's lovely to read your feedback and for taking the trouble which will help reassure people going through what you have gone through.,
I'm very envious of your BP readings - particularly as you get such a good reading at your doctors - something I have never been able to achieve.
I very much agree about taking things into your own hands. It's really important to understand as much as possible. For example the origins of "140/90" and where most of the research comes from, who pays for it and how selectively that research is presented. You need to make decisions for yourself based on the best information you have rather than simply do unquestioningly what a doctor during a short consultation tells you.
When you think of how you felt a short while ago compared to now it is really great to hear.