Hey man, I broke off my pearl post as well and it was quite a bummer. I was trying to clean my unit as well and the thing just tore to shreds. Anyhow, after that happened I just kept vaping it for a week or two with the pearl just on top of the herb or spacer. I honestly still think it did the trick but it was just a little more loose packing it down. It took a solid month through the whole RMA process so I agree with you on sticking it out until your back in the USA. Also, I clean my spacers with iso-alchol it works great.