I've been known to talk to mine too. Fortunately my mother in law thinks its good for them and highly approves! (She will turn 90 next month and lives with us.) Sometimes I scold them and threaten to toss them if they don't bloom, but usually I tell them that I do love them and encourage them to grow. I'm happy to report that I have 7 Phals in spike this winter (one of them has bloomed, when I get around to uploading the pictures I'll post one, though it only has one flower, it was a rescue last spring). I also saw that my NOID Cattleya is actually growing flowers in its sheaths, I though they were duds like the ones last year - its a bit of a rescue, a start from my Daughter In Law that got down to one p-bulb, but has been happily growing ever since and now has at least ten! Most of the Phals spiking were from my Craig's List purchase this summer, so I'm happy to know what they look like! Always exciting.
I've noticed that when the leaves get so stressed and leathery (at least in Phals), the old leaf never does get fat and plump again, but the new ones are ok. Glad to see yours growing so well.