It will not be an extended period of time although the holiday could hold it up a bit. It is not unusual for a warranty repair to be less than a 2 week round trip event which is extremely fast by most anybody's standards. I cannot speak to the paranoia issue. If this is a warranty issue, they should send you a prepaid FedEx label & I think you can arrange for FedEx to come to your home to pick up in a situation such as this. Generally, you can use the original packing which would involve the plastic case plus the outer cardboard sleeve.