Thanks for the reply. I've seen a few of these in my yard but not sure if I'll get around to mashing them up and everything. Cool that it worked so quickly for you.
As an update, as I'm sure someone will end up finding this in a search when they're pulling their hair out over elbow tendonitis, I started lifting and it hasn't been catostrophic. I also started taking elbow-revive, which actually does seem to help. I'm not at 100%, but it still seems like things are progressing so I think the lifting is ok. Most days the only thing I feel is a little bit of tightness in the morning, but am over the stabbing kind of pain unless I do too much. I'm keeping it mostly light (which after like 3 months off is involuntary, I am so damn weak right now), and using a thick bar for any pressing. I'm using straps, but they weren't enough for deadlifting. Even with the straps, on a testing-the-waters kind of day, just 195lbs ended up agrivating it pretty well the next day. Also, be very careful with any kind of furniture moving, lots of awkward lifting with an openish palm can be a disaster. Also, unfortunately, I'm learning that even if I'm feeling about 99% there, agrivation is still possible, so it still might be some time before deadlifting and pullups are possible again. If anyone is going through this hope this is worth something, otherwise sorry for reading my rambling.