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Will you really lose any fitness for that race by not swimming for a few more days/a week. Let it heal more and get in the water with 2 weeks to go to make sure you get your feel for the water back.
Last summer, I got into a chlorinated pool 10 days after my road-rash incident. I thought the wound had closed; but apparently it hadn't. It got infected. I ended up in the hospital with infectious elbow bursitis. That stuff can get really, really serious. (I was lucky that mine didn't; the antibiotics took their effect). But my elbow, swollen and painful for weeks following the infection, almost derailed my Ironman race. I was unable to ride (the bouncing hurt), drive my car (the vibrations hurt), swim, or climb into a wetsuit, for a few weeks.
Repeat. Don't do it!
It was a nice looking clear mountain lake with public beaches on it, but I ended up with a nasty Staph infection. The infection did some lasting damage to me knee joint and completely laid me up for two weeks. I barely moved for the first week of the infection and lost a ton of fitness.
It's odd that your elbow has still not closed after 2.5 weeks. I imagine you are still running and riding heavily and hard-core Ironman training can suppress your immune system, slowing recovery and making you more susceptible to infections that usual. I would not risk it if I were you. Even a disastrous swim won't cost you more than 10 minutes, which is chump change over an IM.
To the OP: Seriously, as others have said, stay out of the water for now. You risk serious infection, along with contaminating the water for others. You need to wait at least until all wounds have scabbed over before getting in the pool.
I went through a very similar situation a couple months ago, and I know how much it sucks. But honestly, you're better off waiting a week or two than getting an infection and risking the rest of your year (or your arm).