For me (diabetic for 27 years), it comes and goes, honestly. I have times, and I’ve had years, when it’s been hard, and then it’s gotten easier or at least faded into the background relatively. For many years, I shirked a lot of aspects of control in efforts to get it into the background, which worked in some ways and also made me feel worse physically and eventually led to some complications (eye stuff) I still deal with now. Since the eye stuff started, I’ve been much more engaged, but even within that, I go through waves of feeling like it’s no big deal and times when i feel more frustrated or burned out. While you’re totally right in that diabetes is forever (and that sucks), I do take comfort in my knowledge that my state of mind about it isn’t, and that that inevitably shifts, and over time I’ve learned ways to help it do that.
Also, if your feeling re: a pump is sadness that you “need” it, maybe that’s not the right step for you? For me, changes in my diabetes routine have been most helpful when it’s a new tool that feels exciting and useful and reenergizes my efforts somewhat. I would strongly recommend switching to Tresiba if you’re currently on Lantus or similar (I can’t personally speak to Levemir—that also works well, but it seems to depend on whether you want the ability to change basal insulin doses day to day or not). I also can’t recommend enough getting a CGM—completely revolutionized my feelings about my diabetes care. I felt so much more control over things. I think I might be still feeling a lot more stuck without it. Also, I’m at about a 6.5—sure, I’d like to be at <6 level like some of the folks on here, but I’m not sure that’s realistic for me, and I’m ok with that. You just went from 7.5 to 7.1, which to me suggests whatever you’re doing is great and may not need much in the way of tweaks at all, if you don’t want to change.
Also, if I feel particularly frustrated with my efforts at control, sometimes that’s a time when I try to make things simpler, which may involve more restrictions in some senses, but makes the actual acts of controlling my blood sugars and getting results that make feel effective easier. Like I’ll do super low carb for a couple of weeks to get back on track, even if it’s not something I find sustainable in the longterm. Having a couple of weeks where I feel highly masterful in my diabetes care is energizing in terms of not feeling burned out.